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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to sync to the EU power grid

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to sync to the EU power grid

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By Nick Flaherty



Three Baltic countries are accelerating the integration of their electricity grids with continental Europe and their disconnection from Russia and Belarus.

Under a joint declaration signed this morning by the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the deadline for synchronisation to the European power grid is brought forward to February 2025. This follows an agreement between the respective Transmission System Operators (TSOs) earlier this week on the steps for accomplishing the synchronisation in that timeframe.

The relevant European power grid reinforcements are a project of common interest (PCI) on the Union’s 5th PCI list under the TEN-E Regulation with € 1.2bn of funding.

“This has been a priority EU energy infrastructure project for the Commission for many years, receiving substantial EU funding, and will continue to receive support until it is completed,” said European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson.

“I would like to congratulate the three Baltic leaders today for this historical agreement, which will enable us to complete the full integration of the three Baltic states into the EU electricity grid almost one year earlier than previously intended.”

The Baltic states were an ‘energy island’, isolated from other member states, but are now connected through the European power grid to Poland (LitPol Link), Sweden (NordBalt) and Finland (Estlink 1 and Estlink 2).

That integration has been a priority of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan High-Level Group (BEMIP), which dates back to June 2009, when the first Memorandum of Understanding was signed.

For historical reasons, however, the Baltic States’ electricity grid is still operated in a synchronous mode with the Russian and Belarusian systems. The initial deadline for the finalisation of the project had been set by the end of 2025. This deadline is now being brought forward to February 2025.

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