A special governmental commission and a task force to work on the blockade of Astravets NPP and smoother synchronization

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2021 01 13

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Today the Government has decided to set up a commission to coordinate and ensure effective synchronization of electricity grid, and strengthening and implementation of network reliability, its security measures, and measures to reduce threats posed by the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant.

 

The commission will be headed by the Prime Minister and will consist of the Ministers of Energy, Environment, Finance, Transport and Communications, Foreign Affairs, and Agriculture, representatives of the National Energy Regulatory Council (VERT) and the State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI), and CEOs of Epso-G, Ignitis Group, and Litgrid.

 

‘It is obvious that measures taken by Lithuania to prevent electricity entering Lithuania from Astravets are not enough. Therefore, this only proves once again the need to work towards a complete blockade of Astravets, and to enhance our energy independence and electricity network security,’ says Minister of Energy Dainius Kreivys. ‘Firstly, the format of the commission will help us take the necessary decisions with a view to ensuring smoother and faster process of electricity grid synchronization projects, and secondly, it will enable us making decisions so that unsafe electricity produced in the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant does not enter Lithuania, and that Lithuanian consumers do not pay for it.’

 

The Ordinance of the Prime Minister will also set up a task force chaired by the Minister of Energy on drafting proposals on Lithuania’s position on electricity trade with Belarus. The task force will also review the progress of synchronization projects, and submit proposals to the commission on their acceleration and efficiency. The task force will assess its draft proposals from a political, economic, legal, and technical point of view. It is planned that the task force will submit its first proposals at the beginning of February.