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Lithuanian PM to discuss key energy issues during visit to Poland

Lithuanian PM Andrius Kubilius will discuss key energy issues such as the Polish-Lithuanian energy bridge, the future of the Ignalina nuclear power plant, and the Mazeikiu Nafta refinery, which is owned by top Polish refiner PKN Orlen, during his Tuesday visit to Warsaw, Polish daily Rzeczpospolita wrote on Monday.

 

“The energy bridge, the Ignalina nuclear power plant and the future of the Mazeikiai refinery are the economic themes which will be discussed during the visit of Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius in Warsaw,” Rzeczpospolita wrote. The media speculate that the Lithuanian Prime Minister’s visit could influence preparation work for the construction of a new power block at the Ignalina plant.

In 2006, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian and Polish energy companies agreed to build a nuclear power plant in Lithuania. The second and last reactor of the exiting Ignalina plant is due to be shut down by December 31, 2009. Even though former Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas previously said that the first power unit of a new Lithuanian nuclear power plant could start operating in 2017-2018, Rzeczpospolita highlights that negotiations between the countries have continued for the last two years without managing to set down the parameters for cooperation on the project.

The potential sale of the Lithuanian state-run oil terminal Klaipedos Nafta to PKN Orlen is an issue which may also be raised by the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, when he meets with Kubilius Tuesday, although Kubilius said January 8 that the Lithuanian government is not is a rush to sell stakes in Klaipedos Nafta. (Interfax)