Prime ministers of Latvia and Estonia, asked about their countries’ plans to participate in the nuclear power plant project, have said that they must first wait until Lithuania forms its new governmant, delfi.lt reports.
According to Estonia’s Premier, his country still supports the project, however, if Lithuanians decide to stop it, Estonia will have to look elsewhere to find the energy it needs. The premiers were speaking in Helsinki during the meeting of Nordic and Baltic Ministers Conference, according to LRT Radio.
Latvia’s Premier Valdis Dombrovskis, when asked about the Visaginas AE project, said that a committee has been formed to analyse factors such as competitiveness in the Northern countries’ energy market and technical matters. However, what is most important now is to await news from the new government.
“Now we need to understand what the political situation is and what Lithuanian government’s position is,” said V. Dombrovskis.
Estonia’s Premier Andrus Ansipp agrees. According to him, Estonia currently covers its energy needs, but will additionally need approximately 300 megawatts, which it would like to obtain from Visaginas AE.
“If Lithuanians will again say “no” then, we are sorry, but we will have to look at other possibilities. Obviously, we would like to have the Visaginas project move forward – we have already invested quite a bit,” said A. Ansip.
Prime ministers of Latvia and Estonia had earlier mentioned that their countries’ participation in the Visaginas AE project will also depend on the will of Lithuania’s people.
Translated by Dalia Wicks