Study shows Lithuanian-Swedish power link viable without EU money

September 24, 2007 at 10:37 am 4 comments

The electrictricity grids
As the Lithuanian business daily Verslo
Žinios announced on the 21 September a feasibility study on an undersea power grid connection between Lithuania and Sweden would be a commercially viable project and would not require financial support from the European Union.The Swedish consulting company Sweco International has virtually completed the feasibility study, ordered by the two countries’ power transmission grid operators, Lietuvos Energija (Lithuanian Energy) and Svenska Kraft, it wrote.

As the undersecretary of the Economy Ministry Anicetas Ignotas noted “The feasibility study has concluded that the construction of a 300-kilometer, 700 megawatt to 1,000 megawatt cable linking Lithuania’s energy grid with the Scandinavian system would be a commercially viable project”.

The official added that the project could cost around 600 million euros and more. In total, five price options are presented, he added. If the project is implemented, the Baltic countries will have a second connection with the EU electricity grid. An undersea power link between Estonia and Finland, called Estlink, was launched earlier this year. Lietuvos Energija has a stake in the project. Plans call for building a cable under the Baltic Sea by 2012.

The head of the Lithuania’s Energy Institute Mr Jurgis Vilemas also noted that the link to Sweden is much more important than the grid to Poland, the project which, is already lasting for more than 10 years.  ‘With this cable we will connect not only to Swedish but to the whole Scandinavian system.  This system is much more powerful that of Polish, furthermore, over there electricity is much cheaper.  One grid with Poland would not resolve the problem of the Lithuania’s energy security, because this link would stop at Nerav town.  From there the electricity network to the central Poland is rather week and old.’

It needs to be stressed that the electricity grid to Poland has been an ongoing project for more than ten years.  The project never took off due to various political and economical reasons on the Polish side.


Entry filed under: Baltic States, Economics, Energy, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Poland, Politics, Scandinavia, Sweden.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Estland  |  September 24, 2007 at 11:53 am

    Good. Though the use of the EU funds would essential. Because of many good reasons, both economic and political.

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