Lithuania, Poland Again Fail to Sign Electricity Bridge
Oct 22, 2007 -Daily News Bulletin;
Moscow - English
Lithuania's Lietuvos Eenergija energy
systems and Poland's Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne
on Saturday failed to negotiate and sign an agreement
to implement an energy bridge project to link up the
two countries' electricity grids.
"The Polish energy company argued it
cannot sign the agreement if it is not provided with
guarantees that Poland will control 1,000 - 1,200
megawatts [about one third] of electricity to be generated
by a new nuclear power plant," Lietuvos Energia's
spokesperson Aurelia Trakseliene told Interfax after
one more round of the talks ended on Saturday.
Lithuania deems the Polish demand unfeasible,
given that no decision has yet been made on the capacity
of the future nuclear power plant. In addition to
this, the nuclear power plant is to be built by three
Baltic states and Poland, therefore thequotas are
to be negotiated with the other partners in the project,
This means that Polish President Lech
Kaczynski's pledge to have an electricity agreement
signed between Lithuania and Poland within days, made
at a recent conference on energy security in Vilnius,
has remained unfulfilled.
Analysts in Vilnius think that the agreement
will not be signed earlier than in a month or even
longer, given the prospect of parliamentary elections
and government formation in Poland.
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