On Monday, the Lithuanian power transmission system operator Litgrid received a letter from the Belarusian power transmission system operator Belenergo stating that the start of power generation at the Belarusian NPP is scheduled November 1-10.
Litgrid will set zero capacity for importing electricity from Belarus from the moment of the start of electricity production at the NPP as part of the Law's implementation on the necessary measures to protect against threats from unsafe nuclear power plants in third countries, the official website of Litgrid reports.
On Monday, Litgrid informed market participants about the information received through the Nord Pool electricity exchange system. Lithuania's transmission system operator previously stated that from the moment when electricity was produced and physically supplied to the grid during the tests of the Astrava NPP, imports from Belarus would be suspended.
“As we have already stated, after receiving information about the start of power generation or registering real-time data in the Litgrid System Control Center showing production at the NPP, we will immediately determine the capacity of 0 MW for commercial electricity flows from Belarus. We are closely monitoring the situation and are ready to act,” said the Acting CEO of Litgrid.
The NPP is currently at the testing stage, and the commercial operation of the first unit is planned for 2021. Belarus announced a permit to generate electricity during tests last week.
According to the Law on Emergency Measures, Lithuania will also not provide Belarus with electricity reserves since the NPP's commissioning.