Latvia will stop electricity trade with Belarus in case of launch of Belarusian NPP

Riga will stop electricity trade with Minsk in case the BelNPP is launched in Astravets. This was announced by Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins on Tuesday, August 25.

He did not rule out that Latvia will trade electricity with third countries, using the Latvian-Russian interconnection.

“With developments in Belarus, concerns about nuclear safety are only growing,” Karinsh said.

Early in August, nuclear fuel was loaded at the first unit of the Belorussian nuclear power plant. The physical launch will be followed by the power startup stage where the power unit will start generating electricity and giving it to the grid. This phase is scheduled for autumn.

In July, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree allowing to amend the agreement with Russia on granting a loan to the republic for the construction of the BelAES.

Belarusian nuclear power plant with two VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2400 MW is being built under a Russian project near Astravets (Grodno region).