Belarus ratifies amendments to CIS power grid agreement

MINSK. January 31. KAZINFORM Belarus completed ratification of the protocol on amendments to the agreement on simultaneous operation of power grids of the CIS member states. The document was signed by the President on 29 December 2012. The document on the ratification of the protocol was official published at the National Legal Internet Portal of Belarus on 31 January, BelTA has learnt.

The agreement on simultaneous operation of power grids of the CIS member states of 25 November 1998 is a basic international document providing a legal basis for joint work of these power systems. Belarus ratified the agreement by the law of 22 June 2001. The protocol on introducing amendments to the agreement was signed by the Belarusian Premier at the meeting of the CIS Heads of Government Council in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on 30 May 2012 with a reservation in order to avoid economic (commercial) claims towards the Belarusian side in the issue of responsibility not envisaged by the terms of the existing agreements.

The document was signed to coordinate the parallel operation of the CIS power systems, update the legal framework in ensuring their synchronized operation, increasing the export potential of the countries, ensuring sustainable growth of the national economies based on the efficient use of energy resources. The provisions of the protocol specify and expand the applied terminology, elaborate some of the provisions regarding the main organizational, legal, technological and economic principles of the simultaneous operation of the power systems.

Ratification of the document will allow specify partnership terms, exploit the potential of the mutually beneficial long-term energy cooperation of the CIS member states, address the issues related to the development of the common information space in the energy area. The ratification of the protocol will also promote the elaboration of necessary legal conditions to secure efficient operation of the CIS power market, expand trade in electricity, improve coordination of the parallel operation of the power grids, enhancement of the CIS energy security.

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