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Lithuanian president says no reason for pushing back power grid synchronization dates

LETA Latvian News Agency

VILNIUS, July 15 (LETA--BNS) - With the Baltic countries in talks on a joint boycott of Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant, there is no reason to speak about revising power grid dates for their power grids' synchronization with the European Continental system, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said in Poland on Wednesday.

"There's no talk, at least for now, of pushing back the synchronization date and suspending the process itself or any other revision," Nauseda told reporters.

"We don't have a final agreement with the other Baltic states yet. The negotiation process is ongoing, but I won't comment on it while it's still in process," he said. "I hope that we can remove all the issues of concern from the agenda simply by agreeing."

According to Nauseda, Poland is interested in the synchronization project being carried out smoothly and quickly and "is doing its homework according to schedule".

"And, of course, Poland is planning to building its power plant in Ostroleka," he noted.

The Baltic grids are still part of the post-Soviet BRELL ring, which also includes Russia and Belarus, and remain dependent on the control center in Moscow and the Russian electricity system.

The Baltic countries are planning to synchronize their power systems with that of continental Europe by 2025. The project involves building a HVDC sea cable, named the Harmony Link, between Lithuania and Poland.

With the possible Astravyets plant launch day approaching, Lithuania is trying to convince Estonia and Latvia to join its planned boycott of Belarusian electricity.

The Lithuanian government says the Astravyets plant, located some 50 kilometers from Vilnius and less than 30 kilometers from the Lithuanian border, fails to meet international safety and environmental standards, an allegation that Minsk denies.


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