Technical synchronization details will follow political agreement – Lithuanian energmin
Technical details on the planned synchronization of the three Baltic states' power networks with continental Europe will be known in late June when the parties involved plan to sign a political agreement, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiunas says.
In his words, Lithuania and other regional countries will seek to coordinate as much issues during the upcoming two weeks as possible but will not comment on the intensive talks.
"The negotiations are now underway and our goal is to reach a political agreement, as planned, by the end of June, and it would be signed during the European Council. In fact I need to stop here as we agreed not to comment on the details during the talks. This is the position of all parties involved and it's coordinated with the European Commission. The results will be published when the final agreement is reached and the text is agreed," Vaičiūnas told BNS Lithuania following a Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) meeting in Brussels on Friday.
Asked whether the coordination of the synchronization project's technical details might be postponed to after the signing of the political agreement, the minister said that all countries in the region now want to answer as many questions as possible.
"We are holding intensive talks on both political and technical levels, we are specifying certain tings and making every effort – all countries in the region and ENTSO-E representatives who are taking part in the process to answer as many questions as possible – to have as mature a political agreement as possible," Vaičiūnas said.
The Baltic states, Poland and the European Commission held talks in Brussels, based on a so-called dynamic synchronization analysis which focuses on three different synchronization versions, including one link, two links and the existing single link with the DC sea cable between Poland and Lithuania.
Lithuania and Poland are of the opinion that the existing double-circuit 1,000 MW interconnection LitPol Link is sufficient. But Estonia and Latvia believe a second interconnection is needed. It's unclear if the country will manage to reach a compromise before the European Council on June 28–29.