Belarus wants to resume imports of electricity from Ukraine
Belarus is currently negotiating with Ukraine on the resumption of electricity imports, and the talks could result in contracts being signed in November or December, officals in Minsk say.
Belarus intends to import 1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity from Ukraine in 2015, First Deputy Minister of Energy of Belarus Leonid Shenets said on Tuesday.
"We’re considering the possibility of importing from Ukraine next year 1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity," he said. The deputy minister said that the parties are currently negotiating, and as a result of the talks the signing of contracts has been scheduled for November or December.
He said that in the future, Belarus could import up to 2.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity.
Earlier it was reported that Ukraine from October 1 this year completely stopped the export of electricity to Belarus. In 2014, Minsk was planning to import about 3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity from Ukraine, and about 1 billion kilowatt hours from Russia. The Ministry of Energy in Belarus later said that imports of electricity would be reduced, as Belarus found it cheaper to produce its own electricity.