As part of consolidating the energy independence and strengthening the Baltic gas market integration, Lithuania is launching another strategic project for the Enhancement of Lithuania–Latvia Interconnection (ELLI). The gas transmission system operator (TSO) Amber Grid has signed a contract worth 2.8 million euros with the energy contracting company MT Group awarded the public contract for the reconstruction of the Kiemėnai Gas Metering Station, one of the contract work stages under the ELLI project. The completion of contract works is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023 and the ELLI project is expected to be finished by 2024.
“The ELLI project is one more project enhancing the Baltic gas market integration,” said Nemunas Biknius, Amber Grid CEO. “It also strengthens the security and reliability of gas supply in the region. By increasing gas transmission capacity between Lithuania and Latvia, we will provide the market with more flexible access to Klaipėda LNG terminal, Latvian Inčukalns underground gas storage facility and the new GIPL connecting with Poland. The developed strong gas infrastructure chain will allow the transmission of larger gas flows from the European continent to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland and vice versa.”
The contract works on the Lithuanian side will include the reconstruction of the Kiemėnai gas metering station and the installation of new modern equipment meeting the highest requirements. Subsequently, the second part of the project will include the reconstruction of the gas pipeline to the Panevėžys gas compressor station. In Latvia, the main gas pipeline reconstruction works will be performed to increase the maximum operating pressure to 50 bars.
The investment is expected to double the interconnection capacity up to 130.5 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per day in the Latvian direction and up to 119.5 GWh per day in the Lithuanian direction. The project will create a capacity to transport up to 47.6 terawatt-hours (TWh) of gas per year to Latvia and up to 43.6 TWh per year to Lithuania.