Belarus has refused to import Russian electricity

© AP Photo / Efrem LukatskyЛинии power. Archival photoBelarus has refused to import Russian electricity© AP Photo / Efrem Lukatsky

Minsk refused to import Russian electricity, said energy Minister of Belarus Vladimir Potupchik.

«We have concluded negotiations with Russia. At the prices that are offered by Russia, we will not buy, we own production to replace. 2018 refuse from import of electricity,» said the Minister, speaking in Parliament.

In the «inter RAO UES» has expressed readiness to supply electricity to Belarus, including monthly, subject to economic feasibility.

In January-June Belarus reduced the import of electricity by 20.4% compared to the same period last year to 1.06 billion kW/h, just before January, it is planned to purchase from Russia of 2.56 billion kW/h.

In November, the Belarusian energy Ministry said that the country imports electricity mainly during the fixation of generating capacity. Deputy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk said that Minsk is able to provide itself with electricity. «But some capacity was built in the 70-80s… we are more profitable to purchase than older facilities to replace», he added.

According to him, the country can even export energy, after you enter the NPP in 2019-2020.

Moscow and Minsk to discuss the creation of a common electricity market in the EEU. It is planned that he will appear in 2019.