Belarus is ready to export electricity to neighboring countries such as Ukraine and Poland. Belarusian Energy Minister Vladimir Potupchik said this during an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“We hope to accelerate our cooperation with Poland, and we are ready to work with Ukraine too”, Potupchik said. He also remarked that Republic of Lithuania may also find it economically viable to purchase gas from the plant at market prices. “Economic feasibility will put everything in order”, he claimed.
The minister also expects the Astravets nuclear power plant to be capable of supplying other members of the Eurasian Economic Union with electricity. The NPP is expected to decrease Belarus’s dependence on gas by 50%. “We will be able to replace 5 billion cubic meters of gas for power generation” he stated.
Belarus is currently working towards the completion of the first nuclear power plant, which is expected to begin operating from 2019. The project is designed and financed by Russian state-owned enterprise, Atomstroyexport, which is building the 2400 MWe plant with two VVER-1200 reactors. The nuclear power plant will be located 18 km away from Astravets (Hrodna district) and 50 km away from the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius.