The Lithuanian network operator Litgrid has since Wednesday limited the maximum throughput of cross-border power lines in the Lithuanian-Belarusian direction, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
The decision was made within the framework of Lithuania's intentions to prevent electricity from the Belarusian nuclear power plant from entering the country's energy system, which Vilnius considers unsafe. Thus, now until a new agreement between Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on electricity trade with third countries is reached, Lithuania will be guided by its own trade rules.
Renatas Pocius, Chairman of the Lithuanian State Energy Regulatory Council, previously told BNS that as a result of these measures taken by Lithuania, the volume of energy trade between Latvia and Russia should be reduced to about 320 MW.
Latvia and Estonia trade electricity with Russia according to a method not approved by Lithuania. As a result, according to Lithuanian officials, electricity from the BelNPP is supplied to Lithuania through Latvia, which violates the so-called "anti-island" law adopted by Vilnius. Latvia claims to only trade in Russian electricity.
To recap, the Regulators of Ukraine and Lithuania have agreed on cooperation in reforming energy markets.
As reported, in June the first power unit of the BelNPP was put into commercial operation.