Feasibility study for Baltic nuclear plant

1 February 2006

Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are expected to commission a feasibility study for a new nuclear power plant in the region following a conference in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.

Each of the states face electricity shortages from 2015 and accession to the European Union will see the second RBMK-1500 unit at the Lithuanian Ignalina plant closed by 2009 as a condition of joining the European economic bloc. Unit 1 at Ignalina was shut down at the end of 2004 as part of the accession agreement. The feasibility study is thought to be considering developing a new facility at the Ignalina site.

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