The door for launching synchronisation of the Baltic States was officially opened in Brussels

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2018 09 17

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Today (14th of September) the technical scenario of synchronisation of the Baltic States’ electricity network with the continental European network was approved in Brussels and the green light was given to the Polish and Baltic States’ transmission system operators for submitting application to the ENTSO-E for the extension of the continental European networks to the Baltic States.

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland, backed by a strong support of the European Commission, continues purpose-oriented progress in implementation of the strategic project of energy security for the whole region – synchronisation of the electricity grid of the Baltic States with the continental European system.

It is a crucial step in pursuit of formal launching of connection of the Baltic States’ electricity system with the continental European network.  

'I am pleased with our purpose-oriented pursuit of the main goal – consolidation of the fundamentals of our energy independence and becoming full-fledged members of the European Union in respect of energy through close cooperation at all levels and without losing the long-term perspective from our sight', said Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. 

Today, the representatives of the High Level Group of the Baltic Energy Markets Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) agreed that the Baltic States’ electricity system will be synchronised with the continental European electricity network through the existing line between Poland and Lithuania (LitPol Link)  and complemented by the construction of a new offshore high voltage direct current (HVDC) link between Poland and Lithuania, and installing additional synchronous compensators.  It means that the final decision on synchronisation scenario was made and discussions that took place for several years were finalised.

Scientists of Gdansk research group of Polish Institute of Energy conducted necessary studies and established that such synchronisation scenario is technologically feasible and most cost effective. It will ensure stable and reliable operation of electricity systems and uninterrupted electricity supply to Baltic States’ consumers.

Preparatory works for synchronisation are carried out in time and in accordance with the clear action plan. Today's decision opens the door for the Polish transmission system operator together with the Baltic States colleagues to submit a joint application by 21 September to the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) for the expansion of the synchronous zone of the electricity system of the continental Europe.

There is no time to waste – to secure financing for implementation of projects needed for synchronisation, on 11 October the Baltic States must submit a joint application for the funding from the EU instrument Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). It is expected to receive at least three quarters of the funds needed for synchronisation from the European Union. 

The Baltic States electricity system still operates in synchronous regime in the soviet BRELL ring and is controlled from Moscow.

The High Level Group is planning to meet during the first quarter of 2019 to endorse the Connection Agreement and the catalogue of measures finalised by the TSOs and ENTSO-E.

More information on the process of synchronization can be found on the European Comission website.