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New transmission line is a further step for the synchronisation of the Baltic electricity networks

Latvia’s State Office of Construction Control has commissioned the newly built 330 kilovolts (kV) electricity transmission line from Riga CHP-2 to Riga HPP, as well as the reconstructed sections of the existing 330 kV line from Riga CHP-2 to Salaspils substation.

The project implemented by the Latvian transmission system operator Augstsprieguma tīkls (AST) is one of the steps towards the synchronisation of the Baltic electricity networks with continental Europe, it increases the reliability of electricity supply and transit capacity of the Latvian transmission network, as well as improves the urban environment in the town of Salaspils, since the overhead electricity transmission line built in the sixties of the last century, has been rebuilt into the underground cable.

“The new line is one of the prerequisites for Latvia’s synchronisation of electricity networks with continental Europe – it is an important reinforcement of Latvia’s internal network, which will enable the new Estonia-Latvia third interconnection, which will be completed this year, to achieve its full technical performance,” said Varis Boks, Chairman of the Board of AST. “Both these electricity transmission lines will improve the reliability of supply and electricity transit capacity in Latvia, as well as will allow to make full use of the advantages of the electricity market by supplying cheaper electricity to Latvian consumers from neighbouring countries.”

The total project costs are 14.58 million euros, receiving 50 per cent co-financing from the Connecting Europe Facility.

“Congratulations to AST and LET on the completion of the Riga CHP-2 – Riga HPP line which will reinforce the internal 330 kV transmission network and ensure a stable and reliable operation of the Estonia-Latvia third interconnection, one of the key cross-border infrastructure projects in the region,” commented Dirk Beckers, Director of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). “The implementation of energy infrastructure projects requires the involvement of many stakeholders, many coordination efforts, high political will and quick decision-making.”

Considering the significance of the project, the Cabinet of Ministers has granted the project with a status of an object of national interest. Granting of the status of an object of national interest is a way for the state to implement its political decisions regarding the planned state-wide developments in the energy field and the fulfilment of the international commitments made by the state.

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