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Belarus-Poland power bridge talks still in progress

MINSK, 19 December (BelTA) – Belarus and Poland have not reached an agreement on the construction of the power bridge yet, Director General of Belenergo Alexei Shirma told reporters on 19 December, BelTA has learnt.

The talks on the project are ongoing. A group of specialists has been assigned with the task to find a way to implement the project.

The Belenergo Director General noted that the construction of the power bridge needs considerable resources. Even if a DC link is installed on existing power lines, this will still cost millions of dollars. “To get the investments back within a reasonable period of time, there should be different rates between Poland and Belarus, Poland and Russia, Poland and Ukraine,” Alexei Shirma said.

Deputy Energy Minister of Belarus Mikhail Mikhadyuk had informed earlier that Belarus is looking into new cross-border projects in Poland’s direction in order to step up electricity exports and transit via the country, diversify electricity supplies. Belarus had earlier announced possible participation of the Belarus-Russia joint venture Energoconnect in the project, including as an investor.

Enegroconnect was set up by Belenergo and Russian Inter RAO UES and registered on the territory of Belarus in June 2011 with a view to exporting Belarusian and Russian electricity from the territory of Belarus via cross-border connections with third countries, including through the construction of DC links.