Construction began in Estonia today on a 650-megawatt power link that will almost triple transmission capacity between the Nordic and Baltic regions by early 2014 and help ensure congestion-free power trading.
Installation of the 320 million-euro ($415 million) Estlink-2 high-voltage direct current cable started on the Estonian coast and will commence in Finland as early as next month, followed by final testing and commissioning in 2013, grid operators in the two countries said today.
“The Estlink-2 HVDC connection is built so as to improve power system security and electricity market integration in the Baltic Sea region,” Fingrid Oyj of Finland and Estonia’s Elering AS said in a joint e-mailed statement.
The Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are now connected with the Nordic region via a 350-megawatt cable that has been congested for 41 percent of this year, according to Fingrid. The nations’ links with power networks and markets in neighboring countries will be further enhanced in 2015 by the 500-megawatt LitPol interconnector from Lithuania to Poland and the 700-megawatt NordBalt cable from Sweden to Lithuania.