Tuesday, 19 October 2021 11:53 GMT

Synchronizing Ukraine, Lithuania's power systems with ENTSO-E “geopolitically important” for EU Ukraine energy minister

(MENAFN- UkrinForm) German Galushchenko and Dainius Kreivys, Ukraine and Lithuania's energy ministers, on Wednesday, September 15, held the first meeting of the Working Group on Expanding Strategic Energy Cooperation between the relevant ministries.

That's according to the Ukrainian government portal , Ukrinform reports.

The key topics for discussion were energy security, energy decarbonization, and integration of Ukrainian and European energy markets. It is reported that Ukraine has already successfully implemented most of the technical steps required to synchronize the Ukrainian power system with ENTSO-E.

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"Ukraine has made its strategic geopolitical choice – severing all connections with the energy systems of Russia and Belarus and fully integrating into European energy markets. Synchronization of the Ukrainian and Lithuanian energy systems with ENTSO-E is a mutually beneficial process for our countries and the EU, which will increase flexibility of the European power system and ensure Europe's resilience against geopolitical threats," Galushchenko said.

The participants in the meeting paid special attention to confronting geopolitical threats in the energy sector the European region is facing.

"Lithuania is concerned not only about the safety of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, but also about its wider impact on the region's power architecture. Electricity imports from the Ostrovets NPP to the Baltic States may hinder the successful synchronization process and undermine the development of green energy generation and reserve capacity in the Baltic States. Lithuania is taking all measures to avoid this," Kreivys said.

Galushchenko focused on the threats of a possible launch of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the need to coordinate Ukraine and EU's efforts to counter common threats.

As reported, the synchronization of the Integrated Power System of Ukraine with ENTSO-E is scheduled for 2023. Test operation of the IPS and the power system of Moldova in isolated mode is scheduled for February 2022, which will be one of the stages of integration into ENTSO-E.

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ENTSO-E is a European network of electricity transmission system operators, uniting 43 entities in 36 countries across Europe.

Photo: CMU press service



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