News2019.06.27 13:22

Lithuanian president signs power grid synchronisation package

BNS 2019.06.27 13:22

President Dalia Grybauskaitė has signed into law a legislative package aimed at facilitating the smooth synchronisation of the Lithuanian electricity grid with the continental European system.

The amendments to the existing law on synchronisation and related legislation set out measures to ensure that Lithuania's energy system is prepared to be connected to the European network via Poland by 2025.

The synchronisation project will be accorded the status of special importance, which will facilitate territorial planning, environmental assessment and land easement procedures.

The Seimas passed the package on June 13.

The Lithuanian president, the Latvian, Estonian and Polish prime ministers and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signed an ‘implementation roadmap’ for the synchronisation project in Brussels on June 20.

The signatories agreed that the project be completed by 2025 at the latest.

A ‘political roadmap’ for the project was signed in Brussels on June 28, 2018.

The project is estimated to cost around €1.5 billion. Lithuania is to invest some €650 million, including EU support, more than any other country in the region.

The Baltic grids are still part of the post-Soviet BRELL ring, which also includes Russia and Belarus, and remain dependent on the control centre in Moscow and the Russian electricity system.

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