Poland to Build Nuclear Power Plant to Avoid Electricity Deficit

Friday, July 25, 2008

WARSAW, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Poland may run out of electricity in 12 years, and after 2020 the demand for electricity will exceed its production by 30 percent, the Energy Market Agency predicted in a report on Thursday.

The report suggested that around 2030 Poland will either have to import 30 percent of required electricity or build a nuclear plant by that time, according to Polish news agency PAP.

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Baltic, Polish cos agree atomic development venture

Friday, July 25, 2008

VILNIUS, July 25 (Reuters) - Energy companies in the three Baltic states and Poland agreed on Friday to set up a joint venture to develop a nuclear power plant in Lithuania, the Lithuanian partner said.
The four countries have been negotiatng on the project for months and hammered out a deal on Friday in Copenhagen.

"The partners have agreed to Lithuania's proposal to establish a joint project development company, in which LEO LT would hold a 51 percent stake," Lithuania's LEO LT said in a statement after a meeting.
Lithuania has said it wants to build a 3,200-3,400 megawatt nuclear power plant to replace its Soviet-era Ignalina nuclear facility, due to be shut down at the end of next year.

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Bulgaria sends uranium fuel to Russia

Monday, July 21, 2008

WASHINGTON -- Bulgaria has sent its remaining highly enriched uranium to Russia for safeguarding from terrorist or other potential misuse.

Nearly 14 pounds of the spent fuel were received Thursday at a Russian nuclear facility, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration announced. A first shipment of 37.3 pounds of fresh uranium fuel was sent to Russia in December 2003.

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Kola NPP marks 35 years anniversary

Monday, June 30, 2008

On June 27th, 1973, reactor No. 1 at the first nuclear power plant ever built north of the Arctic Circle was started. It was designed for a life-time of 30 years, but is still in operation.

Later in the 70ties and early 80 another three reactors was put into operation at the Kola nuclear power plant (Kola NPP).

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Lithuania, Poland sign power deal, spurring nuclear plan

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

WARSAW (Thomson Financial) - Poland and Lithuania Tuesday signed a deal paving the way to hook up their electricity grids, helping offset Russia's energy clout in the region and clearing a hurdle to related plans to build a new nuclear power plant.

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Lithuanian Parl't Approves Nuclear Co.

Friday, February 1, 2008

(AP) VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuania's parliament on Friday narrowly approved the creation of a state-controlled company to lead a nuclear power plant project aimed at easing regional dependence on Russian energy and replacing an aging Soviet-era reactor.

The new company, to be called Lithuanian Electricity Organization AB, would be 61.7 percent government-owned, with the rest held privately. It would be authorized to negotiate with governments and private companies in Poland, Latvia and Estonia on a proposed joint nuclear power project. The bill still requires the approval of Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, who has veto powers.

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Nuclear plant partners face hurdles

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

By Stefan Wagstyl in Vilnius, Robert Anderson in Stockholm and Jan Cienski in Warsaw

The Baltic states and Poland are struggling to settle the political, commercial and environmental problems involved in their joint plan for a €7bn nuclear power station, aimed at easing expected regional electricity shortages and reducing dependence on Russian energy.

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Poland Backs Away From Nuclear Energy Plans

Thursday, January 3, 2008

By Katya Andrusz

Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Polish government, which took power two months ago, is pulling back from its predecessor's plans to build a nuclear reactor by 2025 and may not take part in a project to build an atomic plant in Lithuania, the Wall Street Journal Polska reported.

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A chill wind blows across the Baltics from Warsaw

Monday, December 10, 2007

The thaw between Poland and Brussels has sent a chill down spines in Lithuania.

Donald Tusk, the new Polish premier, arrived at the European Commission and parliament on Tuesday to show that his country was back in the centre of Europe. The era of the Kaczynskis, “the terrible twins”, picking fights with Brussels, was over.

The fear in Vilnius is that he may stop picking fights with Russia, too, leaving the Baltic republics, which only recently threw off the Soviet yoke, alone in the ring with the bear. Talks on resolving the Russian blockade of Polish meat, which in turn have held up a new EU-Russia partnership agreement to Brussels' ill-concealed annoyance, start next week.

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Lithuania nuclear chief sees delay to new plant

Friday, November 30, 2007

VISAGINAS, Lithuania, Nov 29 (Reuters) - A planned new Lithuanian nuclear plant faces a delay of at least two years to 2017, the head of the country's current sole atomic power facility said on Thursday. Viktor Shevaldin, head of the Ignalina nuclear plant, due to be shut down at the end of 2009 under Lithuania's European Union entry terms, said several uncertainties remained about the planning and eventual construction of a new plant.

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