Lithuania-Latvia Interconnection Gas Pipeline

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Lithuania-Latvia Interconnection Gas Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline.[1]

Location

The pipeline runs from the Lithuanian border to Riga, Latvia.[2][3][4]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Lietuvos Dujos, Latvijas Gaze
  • Parent Company: Lietuvos Dujos, Latvijas Gaze
  • Current capacity: 2.3 billion cubic meters per year
  • Proposed capacity:
  • Length: 138 kilometers
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1962

Background

Built in 1962, the Lithuania-Latvia Interconnection Gas Pipeline is the oldest pipeline in Latvia.[5] In 2013 the pipeline's capacity was increased from 5.48 million cubic meters per day to 6.48 million cubic metres per day from Lithuania to Latvia, and 6.24 million cubic metres per day from Latvia to Lithuania.[6] The total cost of the enhacement was 29.6 million euros, of which 5.4 million euros was invested in Lithuania and 24.2 million euros was invested in Latvia. Up to 50 percent of the project cost was co-financed with funds from the European Commission’s European Energy Program for Recovery.[7]

Projects of Common Interest

According to the European Commission, their Projects of Common Interest approval for the Lithuania-Latvia Interconnection Gas Pipeline project includes the following elements: "'Enhancement of Latvia-Lithuania interconnection' aims to increase the overall cross-border interconnection capacity between the gas systems of Latvia and Lithuania. It will integrate the gas and energy markets in the Baltic Sea region with the internal EU energy market which will contribute to the improvement of market competition and security of gas supply.The PCI will include a number of infrastructure elements. The project provides, on the Latvian side, the reconstruction of the existing pipelines in order to increase the maximal allowed pressure to 50 bar in gas transmission system, as well as, on the Lithuanian side, the upgrade of the existing gas metering station in Kiemenai and readjustment of Panevezys compressor station piping. These infrastructure elements will allow removing possible bottlenecks and reaching a daily throughput capacity of 131 GWh/d (LT->LV) and 120 GWh/d (LV->LT)." Approval opens the door for receiving public funds for the project.[8]

Expansion Project Details

  • Operator: Lietuvos Dujos, Latvijas Gaze
  • Parent Company: Lietuvos Dujos, Latvijas Gaze
  • Proposed capacity: 0.575 billion cubic meters per year
  • Length: 0 km additions
  • Status: Proposed
  • Start Year: 2023[9]
  • Cost: $12,138,000[9]
    • Lithuania's part: $5,593,000
    • Latvian part: $6,545,000

Proposed Expansion Background

In July 2019 the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) provided a €4.9 million grant to increase the pressurization of the pipeline and increase its capacity by 25% (0.575 bcm/y), covering half of each country's cost. The capacity expansion will be implemented by 2023 and will facilitate imports from Klaipeda LNG Terminal.[10] The project also received a €147,785 CEF grant in 2017 to cover the cost of a Feasibility Study and Cost-Benefit Analysis for the expansion.[11] The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas project code for the expansion is TRA-A-382.[9] The project's PCI code is 8.2.1.[12]

Articles and resources

References

  1. Lithuania-Latvia Interconnection Gas Pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed April 2018
  2. European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (October 2020). "TYNDP 2020 - MAP – Transmission" (PDF). ENTSOG. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  3. Diettrich, Pluta, Medrjoubi (July 23, 2020). "The combined IGG gas transmission network data set". DLR Institute for Networked Energy Systems. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. Bearas (April 2015). "Lietuvos-Latvijos dujotiekis". Wikipedia. Retrieved December 6, 2020.
  5. Improvement of interconnection between Latvia and Lithuania (EC project name: 8.2.1 LT-LV interconnection (Latvian part))
  6. Completion of the Latvia-Lithuania gas interconnection, Enerdata, Jun. 24, 2013
  7. Gas flow capacity increased, The Baltic Times, Jun. 26, 2013
  8. Enhancement of Latvia — Lithuania interconnection, European Commission, accessed December 10, 2019
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (2020). "TYNDP - Annex A - Projects Tables RPJ007_NS_2020 - entsog". ENTSOG. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  10. EU approves EUR 4.9 mln for Lithuanian-Latvian gas pipeline, The Baltic Course, Jul. 10, 2019
  11. The Feasibility Study and Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Enhancement of Latvia-Lithuania Interconnection, European Commission, accessed Dec. 1, 2020
  12. "Pipe down: Gas companies' control over billions in EU subsidies". Global Witness. Retrieved 2020-12-09.

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