Updated at 18:30,22-11-2017

On 30th commemoration of Chernobyl disaster Lukashenka spoke about the launch of Astravets NPP

EuroBelarus

It is essential to ramp up the use of electric energy in the country taking into account the upcoming launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.

According to Aliaksandr Lukashenka, there will be a surplus of electric energy after the launch of the BelNPP in Astravets.

“Neighboring countries will hardly buy this electric energy. There is a surplus in Russia. There is enough electric energy in Ukraine. Europe also produces electric energy. It is a commodity, and the competition is very strong. It will be difficult to sell electricity,” the head of state remarked.

“Therefore, today I am saying that it is needed to get ready to using electricity instead of gas and oil,” the President said.

Lukashenka noted that the main thing is not to cheapen the electric energy produced in Belarus, rather than to keep the existing level of prices. “Gas and oil will be more expensive, while electricity will become cheaper,” he said.

The head of state deems it necessary to start building such facilities and housing that will use more electric energy in the future. “You will buy electric ovens when you see the advantages of using electricity instead of gas,” Aliaksandr Lukashenka noted.

Another promising field is the production of electric vehicles.

Lukashenka also said that Belarus did right to rehabilitate the territories affected by the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.