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Lithuania-Poland power link to be used for electricity trade with Sweden

BC, Vilnius, 18.04.2017.Print version
The LitPol Link power interconnection between Lithuania and Poland will be available for use for electricity trade between Lithuania and Sweden starting from July, Litgrid said on Tuesday LETA/BNS.

The power transmission system operators of Lithuania, Poland and Sweden have agreed on a virtual bidding area that will make it possible to import electricity from Sweden via Poland by using SwePol Link and LitPol Link, the Lithuanian operator said.

"Due to the specificities of the Polish market and the technical capabilities of the transmission grid, the availability of LitPol Link to the market will continue to be lower than the link's technical capacity at least until 2021," Litgrid CEO Daivis Virbickas said in a press release.

"The virtual bidding area will enable better utilization of both of Poland's cross-border links and will ensure more efficient power exchanges between Sweden, Poland and Lithuania," he said.

Electricity trade with Sweden is currently conducted via the 700-megawatt NordBalt interconnection. Starting from July, additional exchanges between the Lithuanian bidding area and Sweden's forth bidding area will be possible via SwePol and LitPol Link during hours when the NordBalt capacity is fully utilized.

LitPol Link operated at less than half of its capacity in the first half of 2016 and it could not be used at all for two-thirds of the time. Virbickas said last July that the link could be used more efficiently, but capacity restrictions imposed by the Polish operator PSE prevented Lithuania from purchasing cheap electricity.

It was said at that time that the average capacity at which electricity was transmitted via the link from Poland to Lithuania in the first half of 2016 amounted to 221 megawatts

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