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Public consultation for the planning of the grid investments

In connection with the completion of the Balticconnector, we have commenced the specification of the transmission capacities for 2020 and the planning process with the neighboring system operators for the maintenance of the regional gas network. By now, it has become clear that both the Estonian and Latvian gas transmission networks in the next few years will require additional works in order to achieve the planned maximum capacity at Balticconnector interconnection point, which  at certain periods will require the reduction of the capacity of the Balticconnector in both direction to zero. These maintenances are expected to last between two and three months. In addition, there are works related to the Balticconnector project, which means a total interruption of the Balticconnector gas supply of approximately 25 days will definitely be needed in the summer of 2020. In order to plan the work optimally, it is very important for Elering and Conexus Baltic Grid to understand the expectations of market participants in the gas transmission between Estonia, Latvia and Finland by 2020 and 2021.
 
Based on the above, we would like to get your input for better planning of transmission system maintenances in 2020 and 2021, and would like you to answer the following questions:

  1. In your opinion, what period of time for 2020 is the most suitable period for maintenance work to limit the transmission capacity of the Balticconnector?
  2. Do you think that the long-term works planned in the Estonian and Latvian gas networks for the coming years, which will limit the transmission capacities of the Balticconnector, are more suitable for 2020 or 2021, and what time period could be used for these works?

We are waiting for your feedback on 20.11.2019 at the latest. Your statements are confidential and will not be disclosed to other market participants. Please send your feedback to Veiko.Aunapuu@elering.ee .

On 13th of August 2019 the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia has invited electricity transmission system operator (TSO) Augstsprieguma Tīkls AS to develop new methodology on cross-zonal capacity calculation to enable electricity trade via Latvian-Russian border after Lithuania will discontinue electricity trade with Belarus.

At the same time, the Cabinet of Ministers instructed the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia to start work on the necessary amendments to the regulatory enactments so that the Latvian transmission system operator, in coordination with the Estonian transmission system operator, could develop a methodology for transmission tariff implementation for trade with third countries. The transmission service tariff covering the transmission costs of electricity import from Russia is subject to approval from relevant regulatory authorities

Augstsprieguma Tīkls AS and Estonian TSO Elering AS have in cooperation developed a proposal for a new common "Terms, Conditions and Methodology on Cross-Zonal Capacity Calculation, Provision and Allocation with Russia" (Methodology).

The Methodology will take effect at the time when Lithuania will discontinue electricity trade via Belarussian-Lithuanian border. Both the new methodology on cross-zonal capacity calculation and the methodology for transmission tariff implementation for trade with third countries are intended to take effect simultaneously, provided timely amendments to the regulatory enactments.

Before the submission of the Methodology to Latvian and Estonian regulators for approval, TSOs kindly invite interested parties to share their opinions, by submitting comments and suggestions on Methodology via e-mail until 18th of October 2019.

Comments and suggestions should be sent to following contacts:

Public consultation for the planning of the grid investments

In connection with the completion of the Balticconnector, we have commenced the specification of the transmission capacities for 2020 and the planning process with the neighboring system operators for the maintenance of the regional gas network. By now, it has become clear that both the Estonian and Latvian gas transmission networks in the next few years will require additional works in order to achieve the planned maximum capacity at Balticconnector interconnection point, which  at certain periods will require the reduction of the capacity of the Balticconnector in both direction to zero. These maintenances are expected to last between two and three months. In addition, there are works related to the Balticconnector project, which means a total interruption of the Balticconnector gas supply of approximately 25 days will definitely be needed in the summer of 2020. In order to plan the work optimally, it is very important for Elering and Conexus Baltic Grid to understand the expectations of market participants in the gas transmission between Estonia, Latvia and Finland by 2020 and 2021.
 
Based on the above, we would like to get your input for better planning of transmission system maintenances in 2020 and 2021, and would like you to answer the following questions:

  1. In your opinion, what period of time for 2020 is the most suitable period for maintenance work to limit the transmission capacity of the Balticconnector?
  2. Do you think that the long-term works planned in the Estonian and Latvian gas networks for the coming years, which will limit the transmission capacities of the Balticconnector, are more suitable for 2020 or 2021, and what time period could be used for these works?

We are waiting for your feedback on 20.11.2019 at the latest. Your statements are confidential and will not be disclosed to other market participants. Please send your feedback to Veiko.Aunapuu@elering.ee .

On 13th of August 2019 the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia has invited electricity transmission system operator (TSO) Augstsprieguma Tīkls AS to develop new methodology on cross-zonal capacity calculation to enable electricity trade via Latvian-Russian border after Lithuania will discontinue electricity trade with Belarus.

At the same time, the Cabinet of Ministers instructed the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia to start work on the necessary amendments to the regulatory enactments so that the Latvian transmission system operator, in coordination with the Estonian transmission system operator, could develop a methodology for transmission tariff implementation for trade with third countries. The transmission service tariff covering the transmission costs of electricity import from Russia is subject to approval from relevant regulatory authorities

Augstsprieguma Tīkls AS and Estonian TSO Elering AS have in cooperation developed a proposal for a new common "Terms, Conditions and Methodology on Cross-Zonal Capacity Calculation, Provision and Allocation with Russia" (Methodology).

The Methodology will take effect at the time when Lithuania will discontinue electricity trade via Belarussian-Lithuanian border. Both the new methodology on cross-zonal capacity calculation and the methodology for transmission tariff implementation for trade with third countries are intended to take effect simultaneously, provided timely amendments to the regulatory enactments.

Before the submission of the Methodology to Latvian and Estonian regulators for approval, TSOs kindly invite interested parties to share their opinions, by submitting comments and suggestions on Methodology via e-mail until 18th of October 2019.

Comments and suggestions should be sent to following contacts:

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