European Commission funding for synchronisation: proof that this is an EU-wide project

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2019 01 23

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On the 23rd of January the European Commission has allocated funding for synchronisation of the Baltic States' electricity grid with the continental European system. The funding will come from the Connecting Europe Facility and will amount to 323 million euros for the projects in all three Baltic states. 125 million euro of this sum will be allocated for the synchronisation projects in Lithuania. This is the largest support that Lithuania has ever received from this fund for energy infrastructure projects.

“This confirms, that synchronisation is an EU-wide project. This financial support will help us accomplish the most important Baltic energy security project and strengthen our energy independence”, says Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

EU funds will finance 75 percent of the first stage of synchronisation project costs from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – this is the maximum support possible for energy infrastructure projects.

During this phase, the total project cost for synchronisation of the Baltic electricity networks comes to EUR 432.5 million; EU funding will amount to EUR 323 million. Renovation and reinforcement of the Lithuanian electric power system will require EUR 167 million, three quarters of which – EUR 125 million – is being allocated by the EU.

Other projects important for synchronisation will also be submitted for EC funding. During the second phase, the focus will be on the construction of a new submarine cable between Lithuania and Poland. Work is being done here as well: in late December, the Lithuanian and Polish transmission system operators started preparatory work on implementation of the Harmony Link cable.

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are the only EU countries that are energy-isolated from the electric power system of continental Europe and still belong to the Soviet-era IPS/UPS system controlled from Moscow.