Belarus to refuse from electricity imports by 2020

Belarus to refuse from electricity imports by 2020

5 years ago Belarus bought about 8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity abroad. In recent years, the import of electricity into Belarus has significantly decreased, but in 2018-2019, we will buy 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in Russia. Only by 2020 will Belarus completely refuse to import electricity.

Minister of Energy Vladimir Potupchik said on December 20 that it would happen already by 2018. But Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko does not agree and says it would be possible only by 2020.

Belarus will cut electricity imports thanks to the commissioning in 2017 of two hydroelectric power stations and the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, scheduled for the summer of 2019.

Vladimir Semashko: "With the commissioning of the station, Belarus will get certain surpluses of electricity. We are going to refuse to import electricity. If not next year, then by 2020 we will definitely refuse from import of electricity. Moreover, we are holding talks on the export of electricity from Belarus."

According to Vladimir Semashko, Russia and Ukraine were earlier the main importers of electricity to Belarus. But Belarus stopped importing electricity from Ukraine in 2016. Imports from Russia will continue until 2019 inclusive.

Then we will be able to sell them energy surplus produced by the Belarus NPP, Vladimir Semashko noted. 

He also said that if there are problems with sales, Belarus would still be able to store the generated electricity in special "storage devices" in order to use it if necessary.