Baltic states have agreed to disconnect from Russian power grid already before 2025

  • 2022-03-08
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The Baltic states have agreed to complete the desynchronization from the Russian power grid and synchronize with European networks already before 2025, the Economics Ministry's parliamentary secretary Ilze Indriksone (National Alliance) told the Saeima Public Expenditure and Audit Committee on Tuesday.

The Baltic states are scheduled to complete the desynchronization from the BRELL grid, which connects Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia with Russia, in 2025. 

Indriksone indicated that an agreement has been reached with Estonia and Lithuania that the synchronization project can be implemented earlier, without waiting until 2025.

Economics Minister Janis Vitenbergs (National Alliance) has also asked Europe to support the plan so the solutions can be introduced sooner, the parliamentary secretary told lawmakers.

According to Indriksone, speeding up the desynchronization from Russia will require additional financing but that this is an opportunity to ensure more secure electricity supply already now. 

As reported, the Baltic power grids are still part of the post-Soviet BRELL ring, which also includes Russia and Belarus, and remain dependent on the control center in Moscow and the Russian electricity system. The Baltic countries were planning to synchronize their power systems with that of continental Europe by 2025.