Posted: 31.10.2023 12:26:02

Lukashenko on increasing volumes of electric grid construction: we need to do this since we once made a promise to our people

More electric grids need to be constructed in the country – as stated by the President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, while being reported on the completion of the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. The meeting also focused on an increase of the availability of electricity for heating residential buildings.


The Head of State noted that a correct decision had been made in the past: to use electricity for heating residential buildings. At the same time, he noted, “We are falling short on grids.”

“We are systematically working over this task,” Energy Minister Viktor Karankevich responded.

“We fail to satisfy up to 10-15 percent of people's needs. Therefore, we should expand our grids – so that wires, roughly speaking, go straight to our citizens’ houses. We must do this, since we made a promise to our people,” the President set the task.

Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Parkhomchik explained that this is due to the sharp demand for the use of electricity for heating. As Aleksandr Lukashenko noted, that sharp demand had emerged since people appreciated all the benefits. “We have electricity, we need to help our people. What do we live and work for? We do to help people. I would like you to report on what the situation is in this field. Do we satisfy the needs, what are the prospects?” the Head of State asked.

Aleksandr Lukashenko added that electric transport is among the promising directions developing in the country, “It turned out that we concentrated in time and began to develop this direction. Energy consumption is another issue. We will have reserves, and it is undesirable for Bereza or Lukoml hydroelectric power plants to stay idle. They need to be loaded. Good options – including for the state – are available, and we need to continue working in this regard.”