Lithuania restricts access to electricity from Belarus to the Baltic market

The Lithuanian operator of the electricity transmission system Litgrid unilaterally from Wednesday limited the maximum technical capacity of the power grids between Lithuania and Belarus in order to reduce the flow of electricity from BelNPP to the Baltic market, Sputnik Lithuania reports.

As the newspaper writes, on Monday it became known that the Lithuanian State Energy Regulatory Council (VERT) approved new rules for the transmission capacity of electricity from Belarus to the Baltic republic.

It was noted that the change in the technical capacity of the connections guarantees that the power transmission lines (PTL) of Lithuania “will not be used for trade-in electricity produced in Belarus” at the BelNPP. According to Sputnik, Vilnius already restricted electricity imports from Belarus last year, halting direct commercial flows of electricity through the Lithuanian-Belarusian section on November 3, when the BelNPP began generating electricity. However, until July 12, when the first unit of the nuclear power plant was temporarily disconnected from the power system, electricity produced in Belarus was still supplied to the Baltic market. According to Litgrid, the new methodology will limit these possibilities.

“On Wednesday, the first day of the new methodology application, a maximum transmission capacity of 262 megawatts of electricity from Belarus to Lithuania was set. Lithuania of electricity produced in Ostrovets. According to the new methodology, the throughput will be calculated every day to ensure the stable and reliable operation of the electricity system “, – quotes the agency as quoted by Litgrid CEO Rokas Masiulis.

According to Masiulis, depending on the maximum transmission capacity of electricity from Belarus to Lithuania, commercial or other net transmission capacities from Russia to Latvia will also be determined.

Lithuania has always been the main opponent of the BelNPP construction. The authorities of the republic have criticized the future Belarusian power plant almost from the moment Minsk made a decision to build it and are initiating a ban on the import of Belarusian electricity to the EU. The country’s parliament had previously ruled that the power plant posed a threat to its national security.

BelNPP is the largest Russian-Belarusian economic project; the general contractor for its construction is Atomstroyexport (part of Rosatom). For BelNPP, a Russian NPP design with VVER-1200 generation 3+ reactors was selected, which meets the highest international reliability and safety requirements. In early June, the Belarusian NPP was issued a license to operate the first power unit. On June 10, the Ministry of Energy of Belarus announced that the acceptance committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Nazarov signed an act of acceptance into operation of the start-up complex of the first unit of the BelNPP. Commissioning of the second power unit is scheduled for 2022.

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