Poland, Lithuania hold ministerial talks on energy security

Security of gas supply, synchronisation of energy systems and offshore development in the Baltic region have been discussed by Polish Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka and Lithuanian Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas, the climate ministry said on Wednesday.

As cited in the ministry's statement Kurtyka said that the a gas interconnection between Poland and Lithuania (GIPL) is an important element in the integration of gas markets in the Baltic States with the rest of the EU as well as "an excellent basis for further reinforcing Polish-Lithuanian cooperation.

"The gas pipeline will allow for the expansion of gas trade cooperation, strengthen regional security and the importance of our markets on the international stage," he said.

The Polish official pointed to the need of implementing such important projects as Harmony Link submarine DC cable between Poland and Lithuania with at least 75 percent funding coming from the Connecting Europe Fund (CEF).

He added that the funds will also be allocated to building of synchronous compensators, development of the transmission infrastructure in Poland and Lithuania, as well as IT systems that will allow connecting the Baltic States with the continental Europe system.

A joint application by Polish and Baltic transmission system operators for project co-financing was submitted to the European Commission on May 26, 2020.

Kurtyka also said that by 2040 offshore wind investments in the Polish exclusive economic zone could reach 8-10 GW. As expected, the first offshore wind farm should be operational from 2025.

"We are currently striving to strengthen cooperation with the countries of the Baltic Sea basin as part of the high-level working group BEMIP (Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan), which aims to better coordinate investments in the Baltic," he added.