VILNIUS - Epso-G, Lithuania's state-owned energy group that is responsible for the construction of a physical barrier at the Lithuanian-Belarusian border, has launched the project's second stage, the Lithuanian government reported on Tuesday.
Epso-G representatives on Tuesday briefed the government commission chaired by Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte and supervising the project on its progress, the government said in its statement.
It also says two sections of the project's second phase - the southern section of approximately 100 kilometers and the northern section of approximately 70 kilometers - will be installed by companies Kauno Tiltai and Alkesta, which will work on the joint-activity basis.
On the south-eastern section of approximately 100 kilometers, concertina wire and the fence will be installed by Brost, and on the eastern part of approximately 100 kilometers, concertina wire and the fence will be installed by Tetas, part of the EPSO-G group.
In early December, the four companies signed their contracts worth a total of almost 90 million euros and are expected to complete works by September, 2022.
The Lithuanian government also says the installation of concertina in the first-stage sections of the physical barrier is set to be completed over the upcoming days.
More than 140 km of concertina have already been installed along the key sections of the Belarusian border, the government noted.
The total value of the physical barrier project was initially estimated at around 150 million euros but is now estimated at around 30 million euros.