Lithuania 'rumored' to go it alone with nuke plant

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The Lithuanian government may be considering abandoning the idea of a joint nuclear power plant on its territory and may instead opt to build such a facility on its own, reported Delfi/The Lithuania Tribune Wednesday.

The idea of a jointly-owned and financed Baltic nuclear power station has been around for years, pre-dating the decommissioning of the region's sole nuclear plant - a Soviet-built, Chernobyl-type reactor - at Visaginas in Lithuania in 2009.

Various plans and tenders have been held, and presidents, prime ministers and other officials have offered assurances that work on the new plant would begin soon - all to no avail.

For a while Poland was also nominally involved in the project - before saying it was no longer interested after little to no progress was made. 

Lithuania's Verslo Žinios business daily reported Wednesday that in an attempt to break the perpetual stasis surrounding the project, the Lithuanian state might team up with Japanese nuclear power firm Hitachi.

However, the paper did not name its sources for the information and Lithuania's energy minister and prime minister denied the claims.

Most likely it is just another chapter in this particular never-ending story...


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