26 May 2020, 10:47
The four countries expect to receive CEF support for the investments worth EUR 1.2 billion. The value of Lithuanian investments is EUR 462 million, Latvian – EUR 100 million, Estonian – EUR 111 million, and Polish – EUR 521 million. The co-funding from the European Union is one of the key elements to implement this megaproject of Synchronization in each of the participating countries.
CEF is the key EU funding instrument, established to promote growth, jobs, and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at the European level. The joint application to CEF illustrates once more the remarkable desire of the Baltic States to increase the security of supply to Baltic countries.
The CEF application in 2018, submitted by three Baltic States, included the national grid reinforcements in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. This action was granted EUR 323 million from CEF. Moreover, in 2019, PSE and LITGRID were granted EUR 10 million by CEF for the preparatory phase of the Harmony Link. Further CEF support for the Synchronization project would allow historical change for the electricity market in the Baltic States.
Besides constructing additional infrastructure between the countries, the second stage of the synchronization would foster market integration in the region and would create new opportunities for energy market participants. It could lead to tighter economic cooperation and numerous other benefits. Synchronization is also important in terms of the development of a single European electricity market and strengthening the energy security of the entire region.
The synchronization of the Baltic States’ power system with the Continental European Network is planned to be implemented in 2025.