Lithuania to close reactors

Lithuania to close reactors

The first two reactors at the Ignalina nuclear power plant will be decommissioned by 2005. This is the first time the government has given a firm date for the closure of the Chernobyl type reactors.

The closure of the first reactor is expected to cost up to $2.5bn. The full cost of decommissioning could be as much as $4bn.

The closure of the units could help boost Lithuania`s chances of being invited for talks on entry to the EU.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has welcomed the decision of the Slovak government for closing the the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors of the Bohunice nuclear power plant in the period 2006-2008. The commitment is seen as meeting the Commission`s repeated request for early decommissioning of these units. The Commission added that by taking this decision, Slovakia had confirmed that the aim of EU membership constituted an overriding political priority.

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