Estonia’s transmission system operator (TSO) Elering received support from the Recovery and Resilience Facility of the European Commission which will allow the TSO to add 310 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy capacities to its transmission network.
The total value of the project is 69 million euros of which the share of the Resilience Facility support is 30 million. The project must be implemented by 2026 at the latest.
“In the present situation, enabling the connection of renewable energy generating installations to the electricity network is an important priority in order to ensure higher independence from imported fossil fuels in the electricity production portfolio of the European Union”, Taavi Veskimägi, Chairman of the Management Board of Elering said.
“Elering is hiring additional workforce for both implementing the investments of the recovery plan and for ensuring the timely deliberation of the connection applications submitted to Elering”, he added.
Within the framework of the investments of the Recovery and Resilience Facility, Elering is reconstructing 330-kilovolt Kiisa-Paide and Mustvee-Paide overhead transmission lines. In addition, the TSO is constructing new Lihula-Virtsu and Rõuste-Virtsu overhead transmission lines as well as the Võiküla-Orissaare parallel line.
Other components of the project include the renewal of the Lihula-Rõuste and Kiisa-Rummu overhead transmission lines, the construction of the Lihula 330/110-kilovolt substation and the second 110-kilovolt submarine cable in Väike Väin Strait.