Natural gas consumption in Belarus will reduce by 20% after the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, said Belarusian MPs on February 8.
Today natural gas is the main resource producing heat and electricity in Belarus. However, the situation with world prices for natural resources is forcing the country to look for alternative sources of energy.
In this regard, according to preliminary estimates, in the next five years, experts plan the replacement of 2.5 billion m3 of gas not only thanks to the commissioning of own nuclear power plant, but also through the use of local fuels.
Sergei Zavyalov, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus:
According to the International Energy Agency, world energy consumption will grow to by 2030 and 2050. But the energy sector cannot develop technologically at the same rate and in the same direction. The role of renewable energy sources will be increasing.
Tatiana Kononchuk, chairman of the Standing Committee for ecology, nature and the Chernobyl disaster of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
Studies today show and prove that Belarus has the raw materials and natural potential that is sufficient for the development of all types of alternative energy. This is solar and wind energy, biogas, biomass and water flows.
Speaking about the prospects for export of electricity after the launch of the Belarusian NPP, MPs recalled the formation of a common energy market in the Eurasian Economic Union, which creates good preconditions for the export of electricity.