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Title: LITHUANIA PLEASED WITH OUTCOME OF BALTIC ENERGY

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09VILNIUS2312009-04-28 13:42:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/27/2019 
TAGS: ENRG PREL LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA PLEASED WITH OUTCOME OF BALTIC ENERGY 
MEETING; PLANS TO MOVE FAST ON SWEDLINK 
 
REF: STATE 38591 
 
Classified By: Charge d'affaires a.i. Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 
(b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (C) Prime Minister Kubilius was happy with the results of 
the April 26-27 meeting of Baltic prime ministers on energy, 
according to his advisor Loreta Zakareviciene, who spoke with 
us April 28.  She acknowledged that the declaration, signed 
by Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian PMs (e-mailed to 
EUR/NB), focuses primarily on creation of the Swedlink 
electrical link and says little about electrical links with 
Poland or plans for the Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant but 
emphasized that the meeting was first and foremost about 
Swedlink.  Zakareviciene added that the only unhappy 
participants in the meeting were from Latvenergo; alleging 
that because of the strong Russian influence over them and 
other Latvian energy countries, they saw it as against their 
interest to promote projects that will lessen the Baltics' 
dependence on Russian energy supply.  In contrast, she said 
DG TREN Matthias Ruete was "very happy" with the outcome. 
 
¶2. (C) The declaration clearly states that Swedlink's eastern 
terminus will be in Lithuania, finally ending the tussle 
between Lithuania and Latvia on this point.  In exchange, it 
prescribes that the Swedlink project will be "trilateral" 
(Sweden-Lithuania-Latvia, on equal terms), with 
non-discriminatory access to the grid.  It also calls for 
shared allocation of the 175 million EUR to be granted by the 
European Commission for the project.  According to 
Zakareviciene, the precise allocation of these funds is yet 
to be determined, but the Latvians are seeking 68 million EUR 
for development of their western transmission grid.  The 
agreement also outlines steps for creating a common Baltic 
electricity market with the aim of someday integrating it 
into the Nordic countries' Nord Pool. 
 
¶3. (C) Zakareviciene expressed her fervent hope that seabed 
mapping critical to the Swedlink project could be done this 
summer so that construction could begin quickly and be 
completed as early as 2013.  She admitted this was ambitious, 
but said, "where there's a will, there's a way." 
 
¶4. (C) On the issue of building a new nuclear power plant, 
Zakareviciene said the topic was discussed.  She mentioned 
the GOL's plans to hire a consultant that will be able to 
identify an appropriate strategic investor for the project 
(septel).  She added that "the four prime ministers" would 
need to meet "soon" to discuss next steps. 
 
¶5. (C) Comment:  The GOL has for too long tried to focus on 
too many energy projects at once, resulting in not enough 
focus on any one.  It has not lost sight of its plans for a 
new nuclear plant and a power bridge with Poland, but is 
throwing its weight behind a project that has both the 
financial and international support that make it credibly 
possible in the near term.  If it can get this project off 
the ground, it will be on its way toward some measure of 
energy independence for the Balts, and might renew some 
confidence among its neighbors that it is capable of tackling 
bigger projects as well. 
LEADER