|Sustainable Energy News - No. 05 - Europe - June 1994 (INFORSE, 1994)|
gives money to Ignalina NPP, averting its shutdown. The French nuclear lobby is ready to help.
Vitautas Bieliauskas, head of the nuclear energy division of the Lithuanian Energy Ministry, said that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development allocated 33 million ECU to upgrade safety at Ignalina. As the nuclear reactors are similar to those used at Chernobyl, they have caused concern about safety in Europe. A French delegation, including nuclear experts, visited the power plant recently and said that companies in France are ready to take an active part in the Lithuanian power plant's modernization. An agreement was even signed under which the French Nuclear Energy Agency plans to supply Ignalina with technical equipment and training, and to help to establish a supervision and service program for the power plant.
Nevertheless, the French experts said that nuclear plants of this kind should be shut down. But, as they said, they were aware of Lithuania's economic predicament and of the few possibilities for alternative sources of energy. They did not mention, but they were well aware. that 33 million ECU given by EBRD can be harvested by the French nuclear indutry instead of being used to develop alternative solutions in Lithuania like energy effciency, renewable energy, price regulation etc. See article SEN no. 4 March 1994. Source: &odefense