Latvia’s Transmission System Operator Conexus Baltic Grid completed a major step in the European project of common interest Improving the Latvia-Lithuania Interconnection (ELLI): the rebuilding of the gas pipeline branch to the gas regulating station Baldone.
The ELLI project foresees a number of activities in both Latvia and Lithuania until the end of 2023, which will double the gas interconnection capacity between the two countries in both directions. The gas transmission capacity is expected to be increased by a third from November this year, as agreed by the project promoters last summer when it was decided to accelerate the project.
“We are pleased with the progress of the Latvia-Lithuania Interconnector Improvement Project, with the major works on the gas pipeline branch to the Baldone gas regulation station,” said Alexey Batrakov, Head of Technical Development, Conexus. “In the coming weeks, the project will be put into operation, bringing us one step closer to the project’s ultimate goal – increasing the interconnection capacity, which will strengthen the energy security of the whole region. We will also be able to provide more flexibility to market participants to meet growing demand.”
The project will increase the interconnection capacity to 130.5 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per day in the Latvian direction and 119.5 GWh in the Lithuanian direction.