President of the Republic of Lithuania

Power grid synchronization becomes irreversible

2019-06-20

Thursday, June 20, Brussels – President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker signed political guidelines on the synchronization of the Baltic electricity grids with continental Europe.

For the first time, the document sets the final deadline for synchronization. All five signatories have unanimously agreed that this project of strategic importance for the region should be completed by 2025 at the latest. The guidelines also set out a specific timetable for its implementation.

According to the President, we have entered a new qualitative stage and synchronization is now irreversible. Four countries and the European Union have demonstrated their strong political will to deliver the crucial project as quickly as possible by giving it all the necessary attention, capacity and financial resources.

According to the President, the implementation of the project will ensure the region’s energy independence. The Baltic States will disconnect from the Russian-controlled electricity ring BRELL and will become an integral part of the continental European electricity system. This will prevent third countries from exerting political pressure through energy supplies.

Over the past year, the synchronization project has made significant progress. The synchronization scenario through the existing Lithuanian-Polish LitPol Link power connection and the new submarine cable Harmony Link has been confirmed. An agreement on preparatory work for Harmony Link has been signed. The first batch of financial support has been granted under the Connecting Europe Facility. 

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2019.06.21 09:36

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