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Construction commences in Estonian-Latvian 3rd interconnection project

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBy raising the first supports of the new high-voltage Estonian-Latvian 3rd interconnection, Latvia’s Augstsprieguma tīkls (AST) has commenced the next step in the high-voltage power line project for a new 330 kV power line from Riga TEC-2 all the way to Kilingi-Nõmme substation in Estonia, as confirmed by AST.

«The new direct interconnection between Estonia and Latvia is a major step towards Latvia’s energy independence and increased security of energy supplies, as well as a more efficient energy market because it will help increase cross-border electricity trade, which is currently limited because of the shortage of transmission capacity. In the past three years congestion on Estonia’s and Latvia’s shared border has been around 30%. The average price difference between Latvia and Estonia is around 3 EUR/MWh. It is expected that with this project transmission capacity in both directions will increase by 500/600 MW,» says AST board member Arnis Staltmanis.

The power transmission line in Latvia will be 176 km long and the total number of power poles will exceed 500. The new power line will be built 28 km away from Estonia’s border all the way to an existing power line corridor along Rūjiena-Aloja route, continuing further along the existing 100 kV power line corridor along Aloja, Limbaži and Skulte until Saulkrasti. From there the new power line will follow the emerging Rail Baltica railway line.

The construction project is performed by general partnership EE-LV Interconnection, which in an open tender offered to do the project for EUR 74.6 million. 65% of the project’s costs are covered using Connecting Europe Facility. The project covers construction of the power line and expansion of TEC-2 substation. Remaining costs will be covered from accumulated revenue from electricity congestion management.

The general partnership includes Latvia-based limited liability company Elko, Poland-based joint stock company Selpol and Estonia-based joint stock company Leonhard Weiss Energy.


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