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Lithuania watches as Kaliningrad starts power grid isolated operation test

BC, Vilnius, 22.05.2019.Print version
Lithuania says it is watching the process after a scheduled three-day test of isolation operation of the electricity system was launched in Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad on Wednesday, several days earlier than previously announced, write LETA/BNS.

Lithuania's power transmission system operator Litgrid said in a message to the Nord Pool power exchange that trading capacities on Lithuanian-Kaliningrad interconnectors will be zero between May 22 and 25.

Litgrid spokeswoman Jurga Eivaite told on Wednesday that the company is watching the process, noting that Lithuania is unable to purchase electricity from the Russian exclave during the testing period. 

"There is an impact on the market price-wise as there is no possibility to buy Kaliningrad's Russian energy," Eivaite said.  

"Technologically, there is no impact as long as (the test) takes place according to the agreed plan, smoothly," she added.  

Lithuania imported 4.63 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity from Russia last year, accou8nting for around 37% of its total power imports. 

Similar tests have been conducted in Kaliningrad in the past. 

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