Leaders of the Baltic states have reaffirmed their support for the building of a regional nuclear plant and urged energy firms to press ahead with talks.
The Japanese-US alliance Hitachi-GE is a strategic partner in the five billion euro project led by Lithuania with Latvian and Estonian involvement.
“We need to think about energy supply security, about diversification of the sources and of course we need to think also about commercial liability of the project to make sure that this project is competitive,” said Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis.
The Baltic states want to reduce their reliance on Russian sources of energy. The plant is due to be built in Lithuania by 2020.
It would replace a Chernobyl-style nuclear site which Lithuania closed three years ago, having agreed to do so when it joined the EU.
Anti-nuclear campaigners will shudder at the progress of the plans, as Japan marks the anniversary of its Fukushima disaster.