2019.08.20 15:31

Lithuanian president suggests appointing EU coordinator for Baltic grid synchronization

BNS 2019.08.20 15:31

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has offered an idea of establishing a special EU coordinator position to oversee the disconnection of the Baltic states' power systems from the post-Soviet and its synchronization with that of Western Europe.

He said there were already candidates for the position, without naming them.

“I proposed an idea to create a special coordinator for the synchronization project. We call it Mr. Synchronization,” Nausėda told reporters at a joint press conference with the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, during his visit in Tallinn on Tuesday.

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia plan to synchronize their grids with continental Europe and desynchronize from the post-Soviet IPS/UPS system, known as the BRELL ring, by 2025.

Following long internal disputes, the Baltic states confirmed last year that synchronization with Western Europe will take place via Poland.