Estonian EconMin in favor of preserving Linnamae reservoir, hydroelectric power plant

  • 2020-01-29
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications told the National Heritage Board in a letter that it agrees with the preservation of the Linnamae hydroelectric power plant and the accompanying reservoir in the existing traditionally developed environment, which is important for preserving Estonia's construction history and cultural heritage as well as the identity and specific character of the Linnamae location.

"I am very grateful to the public authorities for supporting our community in the struggle to preserve their habitual environment," Joelahtme rural municipality mayor Andrus Umboja said in a press release. "I hope that the decision-making regarding the fate of the Linnamae reservoir will also finally reach a government sitting so that the opposition between fishing enthusiasts and the local people, which has been festering for far too long already, could end," he added.

In the letter to the National Heritage Board, deputy secretary general for energy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications Timo Tatar wrote that the Linnamae hydroelectric power plant is an important complex in the history of hydroelectric energy production in Estonia and its value will only be maintained if the hydroelectric power plant is operational and the production of hydroelectric energy continues there.

The state forest manager RMK and the Ministry of Defense have also expressed support to extending the national heritage conservation zone of the reservoir of the Linnamae hydroelectric power plant.