Lithuania concerned about safety of Belarus nuclear plant

Construction site for Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant
R. Bogdano nuotr.

“Belarus’ nuclear power plant is supervised not by nuclear energy specialists, but by Minsk officials, who, in turn, get their commands from the presidential palace. There is concern that nuclear safety requirements might be undermined. For fear of falling behind schedule, our neighbours may build their nuclear power plant in a slapdash way,” Romas Švedas, an independent energy expert, told the paper.

Gitana Grigaitytė, director of the Economic Security Policy Department at the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says that what are particularly worrying are Belarus’ statements that its nuclear power facility will be built at the cheapest cost in the world. Knowing that nuclear safety solutions and technologies are costly, the question is on what the money is saved.

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