Still no sign of power bridge agreement

  • 2007-10-23
  • By Mike Collier
VILNIUS -- Despite assurances from Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus earlier this month that a Polish-Lithuanian agreement on construction of a new "power bridge" linking the two countries' energy grids would be signed "within days," there seems to have been minimal progress made.

The two sides even met last weekend while Poland was staging a general election, yet Lithuania's Lietuvos Eenergija and Poland's  Polskie  Sieci  Elektroenergetyczne again failed to sign an agreement.

"The  Polish  energy company argued it cannot sign the agreement if it is not  provided  with  guarantees  that  Poland will control 1,000 - 1,200 megawatts  [about  one third] of electricity to be generated by a new nuclear power  plant,"  Lietuvos  Energia's  spokesperson  Aurelia Trakseliene  told  Russian news agency, Interfax,  after one of the weekend sessions.