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Baltic synchronization discussed in Brussels

BC, Vilnius, 12.04.2017.Print version
A key step should be taken in the synchronization of the electricity networks of the three Baltic states with Western Europe, which is one of the most important energy projects of the past decade. Members of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) should discuss the study conducted by the European Commission's Joint Research Center to decide on the connection of the Baltic and Western European grids, reports LETA/BNS.

"During the meeting, high-level representatives of the European Commission and countries in the Baltic region plan on discussing the results of the synchronization study, which was conducted by the Joint Research Center for the European Commission, and agree on further action necessary for achieving the political decision of the BEMIP countries, performance of specific actions in pursuit of implementation of synchronization of the Baltic states," the Lithuanian Energy Ministry said in a comment.

The Joint Research Center said in its preliminary finding that the best synchronization scheme for the Baltic states is via Poland with Western Europe rather than through Scandinavia via Finland. According to unofficial information, the study envisages that the optimum way would be synchronization via Poland by way of two LitPol Link lines, however, as Poland is unwilling to build the second link, Lithuania has stated it would agree to synchronize via one line. However, the plan is objected by Estonia, which earlier sought synchronization with the Nordic states via Finland.

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia along with the European Commission will later have to hold negotiations with Russia and Belarus on disconnection from the so-called BRELL energy ring, which also includes Russia and Belarus. The Baltic states have agreed to disconnect from BRELL by 2025.

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