Belarus Wants to Attract the Japanese to Build Nuclear Power Plants

11.11.2010 15:27

Belarus is considering the possibility of attracting Japanese companies to implement energy projects, including the construction of the first Belarusian nuclear power plant. This was stated by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with representatives of one of the largest companies in Japan, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, on November 11. 

«In the near future we plan to spend huge sums to ensure energy security, and knowing your enormous options in all directions, we would like Japan to take part in these projects,» Alexander Lukashenko said.

According to the Belarusian leader, Belarus is particularly interested in increasing energy potential. «It is the energy security that has the most direct impact on the dynamics of our socio-economic development and protection of state sovereignty,» BelTA quoted Alexander Lukashenko.

President of Belarus remarks that the country has a poor structure of the fuel and energy balance, as the share of natural gas in power generation is 95%. «It was a positive factor some time ago. But with the prices inflation today the dependence on one source is considered to be a threat from economic and political points of view,» the Belarusian leader said.

According to Alexander Lukashenko, having studied the international experience carefully and taken into account the importance of various sources of energy in the overall balance, Belarus came to the conclusion that the most optimal solution to the problem would be the construction of its own nuclear power plant. In addition, the President says that the country plans to build power and hydropower plants, fueled by coal, peat, wood and other alternative fuel sources in the near future.

All Conditions to be Created for Japanese Companies, Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko noted that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is a true «giant empire» and it’s a grave mistake to have the company virtually missing in the Belarusian market. «We are ready to make up such a deficiency by creating all the conditions, if you decide to come in Belarus,» President of Belarus said.

In addition, Alexander Lukashenko expressed his confidence that the experience of Japan in the aftermath of radiation and overcoming psychological complexes in the minds of people would be useful for Belarus.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries deals with the energy, transport and logistics, facilities and environmental protection. Nuclear Energy division is a leading equipment developer and manufacturer for nuclear power plants in Japan, including design, construction, engineering and maintenance of nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel cycle facilities. The company has built and commissioned 23 unit in Japan, as well as two abroad.