The European network of energy transmission system operators ENTSO-E will connect to the grids of the Baltic countries within 24 hours if they are disconnected from Russia, Lithuanian operator Litgrid said.
“If Russia disconnects us, even today, we will be ready. Our analysis shows that there will be no restrictions on the energy supply, no significant disruptions are expected,” Litgrid CEO Rokas Masioulis said today at a press conference.
“Our agreement with the European management companies stipulates that we will synchronize within 24 hours,” he said.
In June, sources told Reuters that European utility companies were ready to immediately implement a long-term plan to connect the Baltic states, which depend on the Russian grid for electricity, to the European Union system in the event that Moscow cut off.
Masiulis said Lithuania aims to disconnect the Baltic states from the Russian energy grid in early 2024 instead of late 2025, as a previous plan called for. He said that discussions have started with Estonia and Latvia on the issue and that the European Commission has also been involved in them.
Litgrid’s chief executive also said the Harmony Link subsea interconnection line between Lithuania and Poland would be delayed until 2027 or 2028, while a previous plan called for it to be operational in 2025.
The delay is not expected to affect the plan to disconnect the Baltic states from the Russian grid, he said.