• European Commission funding power transmission infrastructure to make Baltic States independent of Russian grid

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

The European Commission has given €719.7 million (US$848 million) to support the construction of power transmission infrastructure to allow Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia to operate their grids independently of the Russian power grid, connecting instead to the continental European grid. Targeting a switch-over in 2025, the infrastructure will include the ‘Harmony Link’ subsea interconnector between Poland and Lithuania. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Russia has been critical of the plans, not least because it will make the exclave of Kaliningrad unable to connect to the Russian grid via the Baltic States. However, faced with this prospect, Russia has already built a power plant within Kaliningrad such that the area can power itself.