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Litgrid Announces Tender for the LitPol Link Project

On 3 January 2012, electricity transmission system operator Litgrid announced an international public procurement for the installation of the high voltage direct current back-to-back converter station with 400 kV switchyard in Alytus. The procurement will include technical designing, obtaining of construction permits, manufacturing of the equipment as well as construction and installation works.

“It is one of the most important tenders to be announced by Litgrid this year. We are looking forward to competitive bids and we expect to have selected a contractor by autumn this year”, said Virgilijus Poderys, CEO of electricity transmission system operator Litgrid.

The 150 km-long 400 kV double-circuit electricity line will connect the city of Elk in the north east of Poland and Alytus in Lithuania. The so-called direct current insert will be installed in the Alytus transformer substation; this is necessary in order to connect the non-synchronous electricity transmission systems of Poland and Lithuania.

“After the Lithuanian electricity transmission system is prepared for synchronous operation with the Continental European network, the same direct current insert will be used for the non-synchronous operation of the Lithuanian and Belarusian energy systems. Not only will we become full-fledged members of the European electricity system and the European electricity market, but we will also have technical possibilities to trade electricity with Belarusian and Russian electricity producers”, Mr Poderys noted.

The LitPol Link international power link is expected to be operated at 500 MW in December 2015 and at 1,000 MW in 2020.
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