VILNIUS - Belarus on Tuesday launched electricity production at its Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP), Lithuania's power transmission system operator Litgrid informed.
The launch of the Astravyets NPP prompted Lithuania to set the capacity for commercial electricity flow from Belarus to zero, Litgrid said.
As reported, Lithuania's power transmission system operator Litgrid said on November 26 that it had been informed by Belarusian operator Belenergo that power production at the Astravyets nuclear power plant would be launched on November 1-10.
The Lithuanian company said it would set zero capacity for power imports from Belarus to implement the so-called "anti-Astrayets" law once the power plant launches power production.
Litgrid notified market participants about the received information via the Nord Pool power exchange. The Lithuanian operator earlier informed the market that power imports from Belarus would be suspended under the aforementioned circumstances.
The Lithuanian government says the facility has been built in violation of safety and environmental requirements, an allegation that Minsk denies.