The European Commission provisionally supports the synchronization of the Baltic power grids with the Western European system via Poland, Lithuanian Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas said on Friday.
“Of the three analyzed scenarios, synchronization with the Continental European Network is treated as the most reliable and the most cost-efficient option. This is about synchronization via Poland,” Vaiciunas, who is taking part in a meeting of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) committee in Brussels, told BNS.
“Actually, the process is still ongoing. Thus, I cannot comment on any details now. Three scenarios were analyzed and the findings have not been made public yet,” Vaiciunas added.
The minister expects that a final decision on the Baltic grids’ synchronization may be made in the first quarter of next year.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Center analyzed several options for ensuring the Baltic electricity systems’ synchronous operation with the Western European network, including via Poland by using two LitPol Link lines, or only one line with its capacity to be doubled from 500 to 1,000 megawatts. A third option is to go via Finland by connecting the grids to the Nordic electricity system.
The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have agreed to disconnect their grids from the so-called BRELL energy ring, which also includes Russia and Belarus, by 2025.
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