Most Instagrammable places in Lithuania; #5. Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant

Most Instagrammable places in Lithuania; #5. Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant

The Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant is a decommissioned two-unit RBMK-1500 nuclear power station in Visaginas Municipality, Lithuania. It was named after the nearby city of Ignalina.

Due to the plant’s similarities to the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in both reactor design and lack of a robust containment building, Lithuania agreed to close the plant as part of its accession agreement to the European Union. Unit 1 was closed in December 2004; Unit 2, which counted for 25% of Lithuania’s electricity generating capacity and supplied about 70% of Lithuania’s electrical demand, was closed on December 31, 2009. Proposals have been made to construct a new nuclear power plant at the same site. However, plans have not materialised since then, but then the country is one of the most active supporters of renewable energy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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