Rosatom rejects rumors of Lithuania radioactive leak

Saturday, May 24, 2008

MOSCOW, May 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russian nuclear power agency Rosatom dismissed on Saturday rumors circulating in the country's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad of a radioactive leak from a plant in neighboring Lithuania.

Rosatom spokesman Sergei Novikov said several journalists had contacted him on Friday asking about an alleged accident at Lithuania's nuclear plant.

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Russia plans nuclear plant for Kaliningrad exclave

Monday, April 28, 2008

VILNIUS - An announcement by Moscow that it intended to build two nuclear reactors in the Kaliningrad region triggered dismay and alarm in neighboring Lithuania, which is struggling to get plans for its own atomic power plant off the ground.

Sergey Kiriyenko, head of the Rosatom nuclear energy agency, announced on April 16 that Russia would build two reactors with a combined 2,300 megawatts output in the region of Kaliningrad. He signed a framework agreement together with Kaliningrad Governor Georgy Boos.

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LEO LT can break European law - Brussels

Friday, April 25, 2008

Vilnius, Apr 22 (ELTA) - The European Commission has confirmed that LEO LT can break the European law and has dismissed the extension of the operation of Ignalina nuclear power plant. It has been confirmed to the newspaper Respublika by the office of European Commissioner responsible for energy Andris Piebalgs.

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Lithuania nuclear extension not real option-EU

Friday, April 4, 2008

VILNIUS, April 3 (Reuters) - The European Commission on Thursday again poured cold water on Lithuanian hopes to extend the life of the Baltic state's Soviet-era nuclear power plant.
The government has said it will try to convince the Commission that the Baltic state will face serious energy shortages after shutting the Ignalina plant and has appointed a special negotiator to try and secure this goal.

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Efforts to be made to ensure support from Estonia and Latvia to extension of Ignalina nuclear power plant operation

Friday, April 4, 2008

(ELTA) - Parliamentary committees of the Baltic states are going to search for common solutions in the electronic area and energy security fields. The defense committees meeting on Wednesday consider the projects related to the new nuclear power plant and the electricity links to be the most important topics of their forth meeting.

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Vilnius Wages Fight with EU to Keep Nuke

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Despite an agreement when it joined the EU, Lithuania lobbies to keep a nuclear power plant running beyond its deadline for closing

At a time when European nations are being urged to close old nuclear power plants and split state energy monopolies into competing private companies, Lithuania is doing the exact opposite.

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Lithuania Nuclear Extension Unlike

Thursday, March 6, 2008

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuania's nuclear power negotiator said Thursday there is only a small chance the European Union will grant an extension to the country's atomic power plant.

The Soviet-era Ignalina plant, similar in design to the Chernobyl unit that exploded in 1986, must close by 2010 under Lithuania's agreement with the European Union.

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East Europe nuclear plans face many obstacles

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

SOFIA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - East European countries have jumped on the global nuclear renaissance bandwagon, but numerous hurdles facing atomic power mean projects could be delayed and some even abandoned, analysts say.

Slovakia, Romania and Hungary plan to build new reactors or extend the life of existing ones, driven by growing energy needs at home and European Union (EU) targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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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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Fears for future of Lithuania's nuclear town

Thursday, February 7, 2008

By Patrick Lannin and Nerijus Adomaitis

VISAGINAS, Lithuania (Reuters) - When Lithuania's sole nuclear power station closes next year, European Union officials will sigh with relief, but nearby residents are already fretting over the future of their town.

The EU's concern is safety. The Ignalina plant has the same type of reactors as Chernobyl in Ukraine, where a 1986 reactor meltdown caused the world's worst nuclear disaster.

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