Power link construction to complete Europe's energy market in Poland and the Baltic States

The construction of power stations and a power line between Ełk Bis and Łomża will fully integrate the electrical energy markets of Poland and the three Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and boost energy security for these countries.

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The national grid in north-east Poland will be upgraded as a result of this investment based in the Podlaskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie regions. The primary reason for the upgrade is to provide a grid infrastructure for electricity transmission between Poland and Lithuania, thus removing barriers to the successful functioning of the European energy market. The project is part of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan, which aims to fully integrate the energy markets of Poland, Lithuania, and Estonia with the energy markets in the rest of Europe.

New power infrastructure

The line length will be 11.6 km, carrying 400 kV between the two new stations. This project is the third major project in the power link plan and is designed to ease the dependence of smaller Baltic States that may still be linked to the Russian energy grid.

The beneficiaries of this project are primarily energy generation and distribution companies who wish to connect new power generation plants to the grid in order to sell their electricity. Additionally, large industrial power consumers and residents of larger towns and cities will experience a greatly improved power supply.

The "Poland-Lithuania power link" Project is expected to create 48 jobs during the two implementation phases.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project "Construction of the Ełk Bis-Łomża line and construction of Łomża and Ełk Bis stations (phase I and II) – as part of the Poland-Lithuania power link project " is EUR 114 968 665 for Phase I and EUR 193 722 868 for Phase II, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 51 874 532 and EUR 60 066 122, respectively, from the Operational Programme "Infrastructure and Environment" for the 2007-2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis "Energy security including the diversification of energy resources."

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