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Latvian TSO signs construction contract for 330 kV Estonian–Latvian link [free access]

February 1, 2018

Latvian transmission system operator (TSO) Augstsprieguma tīkls AS (AST) has signed an agreement on the design and construction of the third 330 kV Estonian–Latvian link with EE-LV Interconnection, a joint venture (JV) between Latvia-registered Elko, Poland's Selpol and Estonia's Leonhard Weiss Energy.

 

The European Union’s (EU) Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) will cover 65 per cent of the contract's total cost, which is estimated at EUR74.3 million.

 

The 330 kV project entails construction of a 180 km line connecting the Riga second combined heat power plant and the Estonian border. On the Estonian side, Estonian TSO Elering will build a power line going to the Kilingi-Nomme substation. The project aims to increase the security of supply and develop the electricity market in the Baltic region.

 

The project is part of the EU’s projects of common interest (PCI) list and will provide a reliable transmission network corridor to improve interoperability between the Baltic States. It is an important component of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP), which aims to connect Baltic countries to European electricity markets. The project is to be implemented by 2020.

 

(EUR1=USD1.19)