LitPol Link project is close to completion, power link will start to work in 99 days

September 24, 2015

Builders of power bridge between Poland and Lithuania have started counting the last 100 days to project’s completion. Today, on 24th of September, progress of “LitPol Link” was assessed by the Minister of Energy Rokas Masiulis. After visiting construction sites minister has concluded that this important connection will be finished on time.

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The progress of works does not leave any doubts that LitPol Link connection will be completed on time. Currently the most important is to keep the pace of works. Line construction will be completed in 40 days, and in less than 100 days, after tests, LitPol Link will be operational. Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Energy of Lithuania

LitPol Link will be the first power link that will connect Lithuania with the Western European energy infrastructure. After launch of a new connection, electricity will be able to flow in both directions with power of 500 MW. This week, the line wires have physically crossed the Lithuanian-Polish border – on both sides of the border wires have been stretched on the energy poles.

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To complete the energy connection on time, intense works were carried out during the summer. Additional resources were mobilized from Lithuania and from other neighboring countries. At this moment on the Lithuanian side 12 poles still need to be installed, last 20 kilometers of wires need to be stretched.

The most  challenging part of the international link – back-to-back converter station - is also already built, at the moment installation of equipment is being finalized. When changing the voltage from variable to direct, and back from direct to variable, this station will provide transfer of electricity between the technologically different energy systems – Polish and Lithuanian.

According to the Minister of Energy, Lithuania will turn from the energy island to the center of the energy connections.

In the beginning of year 2016 a link with Sweden “NordBalt” will start to operate. Lithuania will find itself in a unique position – it will be connected with three different systems – Russian, Scandinavian and of Continental Europe. This will ensure competitive prices and very high security of supply. Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Energy of Lithuania
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