TALLINN - The Baltic states' synchronization with continental Europe's electricity grid and the disconnection from the post-Soviet electricity ring, scheduled to be completed by 2025, still lacks a number of technical elements, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas says.
Estonia is ready for an emergency disconnection from the common ring with Russia and Belarus (BRELL), she said, adding, however, it's essential to ensure that the risk of such a disconnection is as low as possible.
"As far as synchronization is concerned, Estonia is in favor of this and we have also taken some measures. One of them is the political will, and the second one is the technical readiness. We are taking certain measures to be technically ready, but there's a whole series of elements that are still missing," the Estonian prime minister told reporters in Riga on Friday.
"We are ready for an extraordinary (emergency - BNS) de-synchronization already now, but we have to make sure that this risk, the risk of power cuts, is as low as possible, and it depends on technical steps," she said.
Kallas hopes that next year, when Estonia will take over the presidency of the Baltic Council of Ministers, the goal will be to get energy ministers to agree on faster synchronization.
"Next year, when Estonia will hold the presidency, for our part, we will also emphasize and do our utmost to ensure that our energy ministers meet as soon as possible and that the de-synchronization can be carried out as soon as possible without jeopardizing power supply for the whole region," the Estonian prime minister said.