Ukraine to revise its energy strategy: PM

13:20, March 22, 2011      

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Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said that Ukraine will revise its energy strategy for the long- term prospects, local media reported Monday.

"All the countries have drawn conclusions from the Japanese disaster. Ukraine is among them. Its energy strategy should be reviewed due to the risks that appeared," Azarov said in an interview with Austrian newspaper "Der Standard."

He noted that Ukraine could not stop using nuclear energy because it did not have other safe sources that can provide enough power.

"We will seek a practical balance between the use of nuclear energy and the energy from the ecological sources," Azarov said. "Meanwhile nuclear power ensures half of Ukrainian needs and it is an important component of the State economical development."

He stressed that this year the country significantly increased funds for energy conservation and it will actively develop energy saving technologies.

According to the government's press service, regulations for the safety and operation of domestic nuclear power plants have been strengthened and strictly enforced after Japan's nuclear power plant explosions.

Source: Xinhua

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