Lithuania plans to up capacity of Latvia gas pipeline

Lithuania plans to increase the capacity of the gas pipeline going to Latvia, with the start of the construction work planned for the middle of this year.

Lithuania’s natural gas transmission company Amber Grid called a tender last week for the design of the capacity expansion of Kiemenai Gas Metering Station and the gas interconnection near Panevezys Compression Station.

According to Amber Grid, the two countries’ join investment into the project will stand at 10.2 million euros, including Lithuania’s share of 4.7 million euros. And half of the necessary amount, or 4.885 million euros, will be provided by the European Union.

A 2018 study showed that the regional gas market would need increased capacity after the Finland-Estonia and Poland-Lithuanian connections come into operation, Amber Grid said.

The planned investments will increase the interconnection’s capacity to 130.47 GWh over dayu in the Latvian direction, from the existing 67.6 GHW, and from 65.1 to 119.5 GWh in the Lithuanian direction.

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