New interconnections open electricity highways to Europe for the Baltic countries

New interconnections open electricity highways to Europe for the Baltic countries

Two new international electricity interconnections, the LitPol Link and NordBalt, have placed Lithuania and the Baltic countries firmly back on the map of Europe’s electricity grid. A new energy victory, symbolically commemorated end of 2015. “Over the past five years, we’ve gained invaluable experience, while simultaneously implementing two strategic projects involving high technology, which is the first of its kind in the Lithuanian grid. We’ve accomplished the huge NordBalt and LitPol Link projects with like-minded partners in Poland and Sweden, and our unity and trust in each other is an example for all Europe: by co-operating with neighbours, we can create a single and sustainable energy market in the EU”, Daivis Virbickas, CEO and Board Chairman of Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator, Litgrid, declared. Lithuania is connected to Poland and Sweden, using high voltage direct currents. This technology is designed to connect asynchronous grids, transmit power over long distances with lower losses, and control electricity flows. [Tweet "Daivis Virbickas: LitPol Link and NordBalt have removed the last infrastructure barriers in the Baltic region"]According to Mr. Virbickas, LitPol Link and NordBalt have removed the last infrastructure barriers in the Baltic region, and now, all efforts are being aimed at new ambitious goals - single electricity market projects, and the synchronisation of the Baltic countries with the electricity system of Western Europe. The construction of both interconnections will be the single largest investment in the Lithuanian electricity system since the re-establishment of independence. By 2020, the demand for electricity in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will rise by 1.1% annually. As soon as the NordBalt and LitPol Link begin to be fully [...]

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