The heads of the Baltic power utilities that have teamed up to build a new nuclear power plant have agreed to meet with officials from energy outfit Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne with a view to including the Polish company in their venture.

In February last year, the prime ministers of the three Baltic States (Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia) signed a joint resolution, expressing their support in conducting a feasibility study and composing a common energy strategy of the three Baltic States.

On March 8, 2006, Eesti Energia, Lietuvos Energija and Latvenergo signed a memorandum of understanding, under which it was decided to carry out a feasibility study on construction of a new nuclear reactor in Lithuania.

The collaborators are now considering expanding the alliance to include neighbor Poland, a move that Eesti Energia supports.

Following the meeting in Warsaw Sandor Liive, chairman of Eesti Energia commented: we (now) have knowledge of the Polish energy company and a more clear perception of added value involved if Poland is to participate in the project. Definitely, there are advantages of Polish participation in an already started nuclear project. Nevertheless, there are some conditions which have to be agreed upon with Poland.

One such condition would be the construction of an open assess power link between Lithuania and Poland by 2012. Furthermore, the exact balance of ownership in the project is also yet to be established.