From the EC: full support for the synchronisation of the electricity grid with the Continental European networks


2018 06 06

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has started his visit to Brussels by the meeting with Miguel Arias Cañete, Member of the European Commission for Energy and Climate Action.

The meeting agenda has included issues of the funding of the decommissioning of Ignalina NPP and the Baltic synchronisation with the Continental European networks. Saulius Skvernelis has expressed his appreciation for European Commission’s long-standing support vis-a-vis the strategic goals and projects. Another item discussed in the meeting was about Belorussia-based Astravo Power Plant.

The European Commissioner has expressed full support for the immediate synchronisation of the Baltic electricity grid with the Continental European networks. The Commissioner confirmed the commitment of the European Commission to secure funding for the decommissioning of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant. The European Commission has put forward the financing proposal of EUR 552 million for 2021-2027, and the Lithuanian Government’s commitment to contribute from the national funds to the closure of the Power Plant is highly appreciated.

The Commissioner has asked about Lithuania’s plans to ensure the long-term supply of liquefied natural gas post 2024. The Prime Minister has said that efforts are taken to find the best solution to address this issue, including through the redemption of the terminal.

‘Synchronisation of the power grid with Continental Europe is the Commission’s priority, and the Commissioner has confirmed that the Commission’s goal is to move forward from the discussion to concrete works leading to the implementation of this project’, said the Prime Minister.

A political agreement on the synchronisation of the power grid with the Continental European network is expected to be signed at the end of June, as efforts are taken now to find a common regional solution in this regard.