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Lithuania considers another key energy project without neighbors

Staff Writer | September 13, 2017
With the three Baltic countries yet again failing to find a common position, Lithuania is considering carrying out a key strategic energy project for synchronizing the power grid with the Western European system without Latvia and Estonia, writes LETA/BNS.
Saulius Skvernelis
Europe   Synchronizing the power grid
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said unexpectedly during his visit to Warsaw last week that an agreement would be signed with Poland shortly.

Virgilijus Poderys, chairman of the Seimas' Energy Commission, also says that Lithuania should get ready for "Plan B".

"Given how events are unfolding, it's time for Lithuania to prepare itself for Plan B, that is, to synchronize with the continental European network on its own, without tying itself to Latvian and Estonian energy plans," Poderys said.

Politicians say that Russia is already making preparations for disconnecting the Baltic grids from the Soviet-era BRELL ring, which also includes Belarus, and might demand a lot of money for not doing so.

According to information from the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E), Russia is building a new line at its border with Estonia, thus reinforcing its domestic lines, and a line at its border with Belarus, which, in turn, will build lines from the Astravyets nuclear power plant.

A new electricity ring is thus being formed.

Russia is also taking steps to ensure independence of the electricity system of its Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad by building new combined and heat power plants.