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 [...]
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 [...]
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: [...]
Interim Coupling project enters implementation phase. The Nominated Electricity Market Operators (NEMOs) and Transmission System Operators (TSOs) from Austria, Germany, Poland and the 4M Market Coupling (4M MC) countries, namely the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, announce the connection of 4M MC with the Multi Regional Coupling (MRC) foreseen in Q3 2020. The DE-AT-PL-4M MC Project, also referred to as Interim Coupling project, has completed the design phase and now enters its implementation phase. The project aims to connect the borders of 4M MC with the Europe-wide MRC by introducing NTC-based implicit capacity allocation on six borders (PL-DE, PL-CZ, PL-SK, CZ-DE, CZ-AT, HU-AT). This will establish a connection of these 4M MC countries with MRC, establishing a Single Day-Ahead Coupling across 23 European countries. On 6th November 2019, National Regulatory Authorities welcomed the progress made and reconfirmed their support for the project implementation. They approve of the synergies emerging from the Interim Coupling project, which will facilitate the move towards the introduction of Flow Based Market Coupling in the Core region, which is ultimately the target model. The Core capacity calculation region consist of the borders between the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Source: [...]
We are happy to announce that Central Europe Energy Partners has been granted the status of an observer organization to the UNFCCC process. This means we have been selected among many other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as an observer at sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP). As of 2018, over 2,200 NGOs and 130 IGOs are admitted as observers. The NGOs represent a broad spectrum of interests, and include representatives from business and industry, environmental groups, farming and agriculture, indigenous populations, local governments and municipal authorities, research and academic institutes, labor unions, women and gender and youth groups. We are looking forward to participate in the next COP in Glasgow and contribute to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [...]
On December 3rd in Brussels during PCI Energy Days took place a signature ceremony for a Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) 10 million EUR grant for studies for the Harmony Link interconnector (submarine HVDC cable) between Lithuania and Poland. The funding will support the second phase of the project and includes the selection of the Harmony link route, a seabed survey of the route as well as the tender preparation for the design and construction phase. Once completed, the construction phase of the Harmony link will be launched. The project is part of the synchronisation of the Baltic States' electricity grid with the continental European network. It is important in terms of security of supply and the development of a single European electricity market. For historical reasons, the Baltic States' electricity grid is still operated in a synchronous mode with Russian and Belarusian systems. This project will allow for the synchronous operation of the Baltic States' electricity network with European networks and thus enhance security. Baltic energy market interconnection plan (BEMIP) is an EU initiative aimed at achieving an open and integrated regional electricity and gas market between EU countries in the Baltic Sea region, ending energy isolation. It has already facilitated electricity interconnections between Estonia and Finland (Estlink I and II), Latvia and Sweden (Nord Balt), and Lithuania and Poland (LitPol Link). Sources: https://www.litgrid.eu/#litpol_top https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/infrastructure/projects-common-interest Photo: PCI Energy Days, [...]
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At the Congress Center of the Grand Hotel Adriatic, Opatija, Croatia
The 36th edition of the International Scientific & Expert Meeting will take place from 16th to 18th of June, 2021 in Opatija, Croatia. The largest gas conference & exhibition in Southeast Europe will attract a great number of distinguished gas and energy experts and high-ranking managers from numerous gas companies. Speakers and exhibitors from all around the world will take part in this international event.
You can expect many interesting presentations of scientific & professional papers, round tables, few panel-discussions arranged in 10 thematic sessions and a poster session. THE PRELIMINARY PROGRAM OF THE EVENT IS AVAILABLE HERE. Speakers include influential experts from prominent Croatian and European universities and gas and energy companies. The Congress will cover a series of current topics important for the gas and energy industry and which extends along the entire natural gas chain, as well as crucial issues which will determine development of the natural gas market in the near future. REGISTER YOUR PARTICIPATION HERE.
Exhibition will be held simultaneously in the exhibition area in front of the conference hall and it will gather a great number of exhibitors, mostly gas equipment manufacturers and traders from Croatia and abroad. Exhibitors have the opportunity to exhibit gas equipment in indoor and outdoor exhibition booths. Book your stand here.
Sponsorship of this event provides access to international audience from many countries, of which most of them are managers, decision makers or purchasers. This event is an excellent opportunity for all participants in the gas market to create, strengthen and facilitate business ties on the dynamic market with growth potential and to promote new innovative products and solutions for the gas and energy industry.
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