Minister of Energy Dainius Kreivys meets with Latvian Minister of Economics Jānis Vitenbergs in Riga

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2021 07 01

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“Lithuania and Latvia are taking a united stand – we have to hold to our political commitment and prevent unsafe Belarusian electricity from being traded in the Baltic States,” said Minister of Energy Dainius Kreivys after a meeting with Latvian Minister of Economics Jānis Vitenbergs today in Riga, during which the rules proposed by Lithuania for trade in electricity from third countries were discussed.

“The best solution would be a multilateral one, but we will be going to the Government in the near future for approval on further actions, since we have a different vision of how to technically implement this political agreement,” he says. According to the minister, further actions will be aimed at preventing the use of Lithuanian-Belarusian interconnection capacity for commercial trade.

The minister emphasised that Lithuania fully understands the need to ensure the technical stability, reliable operation and security of the Baltic power system and will bear that in mind in its continued attempts to prevent electricity generated at the Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP) from entering the Lithuanian market: “Lithuania’s actions in implementing the anti-Astravets law do not and will not affect the stability of the Baltic power system.”

At the meeting, Mr Kreivys also emphasised that Lithuania does not object to the Baltic States trading with Russia prior to synchronisation with the CEN through the Latvian trading area to the extent permitted by the technical parameters of the Latvian and Estonian interconnections. The reduction of Latvian-Belarusian trade capacity in the Latvian trading area to the permissible technical interconnection parameters (320 MW) does not in any way affect the stability and reliable operation of the Baltic electric power system. “The necessity to ensure the technical stability, reliable operation and security of the Baltic power system is provided for in the anti-Astravets law, so Lithuania will ensure electricity transmission through the Lithuanian-Belarusian interconnection that is in line with this technical need,” said the minister.

According to the rules on trade in electricity from third countries currently being unilaterally applied by Latvia and Estonia, which have not been approved by the National Energy Regulatory Council, the Lithuanian-Belarusian interconnections are being used for the import of Belarusian electricity to the Baltic States. Lithuania is trying to prevent electricity produced at the Belarusian NPP from entering the Lithuanian market so that further activities of the Belarusian NPP are not financed by Lithuanian consumers.