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Lithuania to consider reviving its hydro plants

Lithuanian Environment Min-ister, Algis Caplikas, has said that Lithuania might import energy and revive its thermal and hydroelectric plants.

This action would be carried out to cut dependency on the much-criticised Ignalina nuclear plant. Lithuania de-pends on Ignalina for 95% of its power.

The Ignalina plant has raised safety concerns among the Baltic state’s neighbours and Western donors. Caplikas, speaking at the UN sponsored summit of environment ministers from Europe held in Denmark, said that the Economy Ministry is drafting an energy development programme.

This would involve looking at different alternatives to Ignalina, such as importing energy supplies, or the use of thermal and hydro power plants.