Estonia forms working group on nuclear energy

19 November 2020

The Estonian government has decided to establish a national Working Group to consider the introduction of nuclear power generation.

The group will analyse - with the help of foreign experts - the possibility of introducing nuclear energy in Estonia and will present its conclusions and proposals to the government. The in-depth analysis of the impacts of the introduction of nuclear energy will help the state to make a prudent and informed decision, a government spokesperson said.

"One of potential solutions for increasing Estonia's energy security, sustainability and competitiveness and achieving the 2050 climate goals is commissioning of nuclear energy after 2030," Prime Minister Juri Ratas said, describing it as one of many possibilities for climate neutral energy production in Estonia.

Minister of the Environment Rene Kokk said the introduction of nuclear energy would help to ensure the energy security of Estonia, but would require major investments from the state in the construction and operation of the plant, as well as a long period of preparation.
The working group will be convened by the Ministry of the Environment in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and other relevant ministries.

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