Central Europe Energy Partners ANNUAL REPORT 2019

Central Europe Energy Partners ANNUAL REPORT 2019

Every year Central Europe Energy Partners publishes its ANNUAL REPORT with an overview of our key activities and publications. CEEP promotes a balanced approach to achieving the EU's climate protection, sustainable development, economic growth and security policies in the energy and energy-intensive sectors. We are advocating for a just and fair energy transition which should take into account the different views all around the continent, including the Central Europe. CEEP was observing and monitoring development in energy and climate policy throughout the year, being at the same time an active player in the ongoing informal discussions on the crucial topics. During our meetings, workshops and conferences we discussed, what are the needs and challenges of the Central European energy sector and how we see the industry in the future. We paid much attention to the discussion on how to make the energy transition just and balanced, but also what impact would it have on Central European companies. We have organised two panel discussions to bring the attention of stakeholders to the specific situation in the region. We have advocated in our position papers that different starting points of Member States should be taken into account and that the question of costs of decarbonisation of energy systems and industrial sectors must be addressed. Some highlights from the CEEP Annual Report: In 2019 CEEP organised 9 events, we were involved in 13 event partnerships and have 850+ followers on Twitter.   To find out more download the CEEP Annual Report 2019. [...]
Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) coming closer to the construction stage

Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) coming closer to the construction stage

Polish gas TSO GAZ-SYSTEM has concluded two agreements regarding the northern section of the Poland-Lithuania gas interconnector. This project aims to connect two transmission systems of Poland and Lithuania and thus integrate the gas markets of the Baltic State with European one. The agreement for construction work to be performed on the section between Kuków and the border of the Republic of Poland (approx. 47 km) has been signed by GAZ-SYSTEM with an international consortium led by the Polish company of JT S.A. The northern section of the Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania is approx. 185 km long. It will span between 16 municipalities. Several accompanying structures will be erected under the project as well, as these are necessary for ensuring proper and safe operation of the infrastructure. The said structures include the so-called Block and Bleed Units (BBU) positioned every 20-30 km along the pipeline, as well as access roads and power grid connections. Preparatory work is in progress along the southern section of the Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania. Tendering procedures concerned with the selection of construction and installation companies are on-going as well. The total value of EU subsidies for GIPL equals EUR 266.4 million (for both investors – GAZ-SYSTEM and Amber Grid), and financing is provided under the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Sources: [...]
Baltic Pipe project has all onshore permits in Poland

Baltic Pipe project has all onshore permits in Poland

On 2 April 2020, the Governor of West Pomerania province issued the decision to grant construction permit for the onshore gas pipeline section from the First Dry Weld to Niechorze-Pogorzelica Line Valve station. Thereby, GAZ-SYSTEM holds the complete set of decisions for the pipeline connecting the offshore gas pipeline to the National Transmission System. Baltic Pipe is a strategic project design to bring Norwegian gas to the Danish and Polish markets and end users in neighbouring countries. Investing parties are the Polish Gaz-System and the Danish TSO Energinet. The pipeline is planned to be operational by Q3 2022. It will deliver 10 billion m3 gas to Poland and Central Europe. Sources: [...]
The first kilometres of the gas interconnection with Poland GIPL have been welded

The first kilometres of the gas interconnection with Poland GIPL have been welded

With the 30th anniversary of restitution of independence of Lithuania approaching, the three-colour state flag of 13 meter width and 23 meter length was hoisted above one of the most important energy projects of recent time – the gas interconnection between Lithuania and Poland under construction. The state flag of Lithuania sized 300 square meters is flying behind Elektrėnai, next to the new international gas pipeline under construction which will interconnect the Baltic and Finnish gas markets with Western Europe. Gas is expected to start flowing through the new GIPL gas pipeline by the end of 2021. The gas pipeline of 508 km length will run from Jauniūnai gas compressor station in Lithuania to Hołowczyce gas compressor station on the Polish side. Amber Grid set an ambitious goal – laying nearly two thirds of the pipeline in 2020, i.e. approximately 100 km of 165 km in total. To ensure timely implementation of the project of the gas interconnection Lithuania and Poland, during the first six working weeks, the first kilometres of the gas pipeline have been welded. Two thirds or 100 km of the total gas pipeline route have already been marked, machinery and equipment needed for works have been efficiently mobilised. Preparations have been launched for complex horizontal directed drilling under the largest rivers of Lithuania – the Neris and the Nemunas - when laying gas pipeline sections under the rivers. In January - February, foreign manufacturers were ordered to manufacture the main technical elements of the gas pipeline: valves, control device activation-acceptance cameras and other materials of long manufacturing time needed for gas pipeline construction. The first pipes [...]
Opening of the New Lithuanian Power System Management and Data Centre

Opening of the New Lithuanian Power System Management and Data Centre

The new Lithuanian Power System Management and Data Security Centre was opened in Vilnius at the beginning of March. It will ensure stable and secure operations of the country's energy system, as well as a higher level of physical and cyber security. The new power system control and data management centre plays an important role in Lithuania's  preparation to join the Continental Europe Area and to independently manage frequency. “This centre confirms that the synchronization project is becoming reality. Lithuania will now manage its energy system reliably, safely and, most importantly, independently. For the next five years, the focus will be on ensuring synchronization with the European system by 2025 and thus ensure a reliable and secure electricity supply.” says Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas. Synchronization projects are currently in the first implementation phase. It will strengthen and modernize the Lithuanian transmission grid infrastructure, which will help to integrate the Baltic energy systems into the Continental European grid and the electricity market. In the second phase, the construction of a HVDC on the Baltic sea - Harmony Link - with Poland, is planned. The newly opened control and data centre is the most modern in Europe. “In order to connect to Continental Europe networks, we need not only to prepare the infrastructure for the whole country, but also to ensure the security and quality of system management. So naturally, we have chosen to strengthen the Lithuanian control centre, because the quality of its operations determine the sustainability of the country's electricity” said Daivis Virbickas, CEO of Litgrid. Last but not least, the new centre will create more comfortable working [...]
The Polish electricity network operator introduced a smart grid system – the Special Protection Scheme (SPS)

The Polish electricity network operator introduced a smart grid system – the Special Protection Scheme (SPS)

PSE (Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne) the Polish network operator introduced a innovative solution the SPS system, which automatically eliminates the overload on the transmission and distribution network 110 kV. The system is the first result of a project of Polish and Japanese companies: PSE, ENERGA-OPERATOR (EOP), Energa OZE (EOZ), Hitachi, Hitachi Chemical and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). The cooperation was possible thanks to an agreement signed by the Polish Ministry of Energy and the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in 2017. The system covers north of Poland and increases the security of the electricity network by eliminating the overload occurring from the power generation of the northern wind parks and making recommendations to distributers on how to eliminate the overloads. The implementation of the SPS is the beginning of a cooperation of Polish and Japanese companies. The construction of a hybrid electricity storage unit (BESS) is underway, which will be connected to the Bystra wind park owned by ENERGA OZE. Both systems will help regulate the fluctuations in power generation, power reserves and frequency. PSE is one of the first companies in Europe to implement smart grids. SPS can significantly improve the functioning of the national electricity network facing wind power generation and therefore help increasing the share of renewable energy. The system will be monitored for one year until October 2020. During this time the effectiveness of the system will be measured also combined with the electricity storage unit. Source: [...]