Lithua­nia-swe­den power ca­ble's joint re­place­ment

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

No ex­act date has been fixed yet for re­plac­ing on­shore joints caus­ing fre­quent fail­ures of the Nord­balt power in­ter­con­nec­tion be­tween Lithua­nia and Swe­den, the CEO of Lithua­nia's elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion sys­tem op­er­a­tor Lit­grid said on Fri­day, Au­gust 25.

"We are still go­ing ac­cord­ing to our ini­tial plan. We are test­ing the joints to make sure that the tech­nol­ogy is good and that the re­placed joints will ful­fill their func­tion as they should," Daivis Vir­bickas said in a pre­sen­ta­tion of Lit­grid's first-half per­for­mance re­sults.

"A con­crete timetable is not avail­able yet. We still keep to the same timetable to re­place them (the joints) dur­ing the year 2018," the CEO said.

"Last week, our ex­perts vis­ited Sven­ska Kraft­nat's lab­o­ra­tory, but (I've got) noth­ing to share with you at the mo­ment," he added.

The ex­act date will be an­nounced as soon as it is set, Vir­bickas said.

Launched in early 2016, Nord­balt has been hav­ing tech­ni­cal prob­lems. Due to fre­quent fail­ures, it is planned to re­place 116 un­der­ground ca­ble joints next year, but no ex­act date has been an­nounced yet.

Swe­den's ABB com­pleted lay­ing the 550 mil­lion Euro, 453 km un­der­sea ca­ble link­ing Lithua­nia to Swe­den in late 2015.

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