Natural Gas Transmission System Operator
23.03.2015
The National Commission for Energy Control and Prices Approves AB Amber Grid's Ten-year Network Development Plan for 2014–2023

On 20 March 2015, the National Commission for Energy Control and Prices approved Lithuania's Natural Gas Transmission System Operator's, AB Amber Grid's, Ten-year Network Development Plan for 2014–2023.

The Ten-year Network Development Plan was developed in consideration of applicable provisions of Lithuania's National Strategy documents and with a view to the needs of gas market participants, to securing gas supply reliability and operational efficiency of the gas transmission system, the Company's environmental policy and applicable legislative provisions.

The Plan provides for measures aimed to ensure security of natural gas supplies, adequacy of the existing transmission system and its reconstruction. Total investments of 2014–2023 in various gas transmission system development projects, in the gas transmission system reconstruction and modernisation projects are planned at EUR 252.1 million (of this total, investments in the gas transmission system reconstruction and modernisation:  EUR 42.8 million).

The Plan lays down the most important gas transmission system development projects that will facilitate the diversification of gas supply sources and the integration of Lithuania and other Baltic States into a single gas market of the European Union:

  • The Gas interconnection Poland-Lithuania (GIPL). This project aims at the integration of the Baltic States gas markets into a single gas market of the European Union, at the diversification of gas supply sources and at the enhancement of the security of gas supplies. The Project is scheduled for completion in 2019;
  • Capacity enhancement of Klaipėda-Kiemėnai pipeline (KKP). The Project aims at the diversification of gas supply sources in the Baltic Region, at the creation of a sufficient capacity to import gas from the Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal (that was newly constructed in Klaipėda) to meet the needs of Lithuania and the other Baltic States and at the increase of the safety and reliability of the gas transmission system. The Project is scheduled for completion in 2015.
  • Enhancement of Latvia-Lithuania interconnection. The Project aims to ensure operational security and reliability of the natural gas system and to create preconditions for a closer integration of the gas markets of the Baltic States. The scope and terms of the implementation of the Project will depend on the implementation in the Region of the investment projects aimed at the gas supply diversification.

The Development Plan also provides for various other measures aimed to ensure security of natural gas supplies, the adequacy of the existing transmission system and reconstruction thereof.

Lithuania's Natural Gas Transmission System Operator's Ten-year Network Development Plan for 2014–2023 can be found here (the document is presented in Lithuanian).

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