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International seminar is to be cover questions on construction and operation management at nuclear power plants

On 4 February (Vilnius). Today an international seminar “Construction an operation management at nuclear power plants” has started. During this two days long seminar the overview of nuclear power generation in Japan is to be introduced, experts from Japanese energy companies – Chugoku EPCO, Hokuriku EPCO and Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy, will share their knowledge and experience of construction and operation management at nuclear power plants. Representatives from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland nuclear related institutions, companies and universities take part in this event.

Visagino Atominė Elektrinė renamed Lietuvos energija

The state-owned energy business group and its parent company Visagino atominė elektrinė have been renamed to Lietuvos energija, starting from today. Change of the business name is part of the corporate governance reorganisation of the group of companies (the Group).

The main conditions of the Concession Agreement of Visaginas NPP have been confirmed

Today the Agreement on the main conditions of the Concession Agreement of Visaginas nuclear power plant (NPP) has been signed in the Government. The Agreement has been signed by Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, the Head of Concession Tender Commission and the Vice-minister of Energy, and Masaharu Hanyu, the Vice-president of Strategic investor Hitachi, Ltd.  


Project assumptions


At the end of 2009 Lithuania closed its last nuclear reactor, Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP), which had been generating around 70% of the country’s electricity. Since the closure of INPP electricity imports have increased to more than 60 %, and states fuel for energy production balance is being dominated by supply from one source: Russia. In order to ensure states energy supply security it is necessary to increase the competition and reduce the dependence on single supplier/supplier country.

Since the demand for electricity is increasing and the obsolete, polluting fossil fuel power plants will have to be decommissioned by 2016, the demand for electricity will greatly exceed the supply. New electricity generation capacities are also needed when trying to integrate into another energy system as the countries have to be independent, i.e., possess sufficient and competitive electricity generation sources.

Taking into consideration all the factors, the needs of the Baltic States and their strategic goals, the new Visaginas NPP was acknowledged as the best alternative for electricity generation. The new NPP technology will ensure CO2 free base generation of electricity, together with renewable energy sources and Lithuania's new energy block will form a sufficiently distributed portfolio of energy generation.

Investment in to nuclear energy is more favorable in comparison to energy sector based on energy resources import because:

•               It ensures security of energy supply;

•               It is an investment into advanced technologies and high added value production;

•               It significantly adds to the fulfilment of commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions;

•               It is an opportunity to utilize an existing infrastructure rationally;

•               New well paid job places are being created – significant impact to the regional economy and social environment.


Preparatory works

5 - 7 years

Visagino Atominė Elektrinė, UAB (VAE) since 2006 has undertaken a number of preparatory works following the good international practice, International Atomic Energy Agency safety requirements, recommendations and guidelines, State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) documents and other legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania in order to be properly prepared for Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant design, licensing and construction.



Design and Licensing

3 years

Stage main activities:

  • Establishment of Project Company Organization (PCO)

  • NPP design

  • Licensing process with receival of necessary licenses and permits

  • Site preparation for construction

  • Negotiations on risk management and division of responsibility for upcoming stages

  • Price firming process

  • Negotiations on final EPC and Shareholders agreements

  • Final investment decision and signature of final Project agreements


Construction and Commissioning

4 - 5 years

Main stage activities:

  • Long lead itemps procurement and production
  • Transportation of components to the site
  • Construction of NPP
  • Commissioning of NPP

Power Plant`s Operation

60 years

Main stage activities:

  • Electricity production
  • Power plant modernization
  • Safety improvment


10 years

Nuclear power plant differs from other sources of power generation in a way that during its operation radioactive waste is being generated. Therefore after the operation of nuclear power plant is finished it is necessary to decommission all the radioactive equipment, buildings, condition all the radioactive waste and remove it to the special repositories. Spent nuclear fuel also has to be moved to the special deep underground repository.

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