Klaipeda port ex­pects funds for power ca­ble across Curo­nian Spit

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

Lithua­nia's Klaipeda port on the Baltic Sea is ex­pect­ing as­sis­tance from the min­istries of Trans­port and En­ergy in the form of fi­nanc­ing for re­place­ment of a high­volt­age power line across the Curo­nian Spit with a sub­ma­rine elec­tric­ity ca­ble, which is es­ti­mated at about 11 mil­lion eu­ros.

Re­place­ment of the aerial line with a ca­ble was first dis­cussed two years ago, how­ever, the fi­nanc­ing is­sue has not yet been solved. The gov­ern­ment's fi­nal de­ci­sion is cur­rently ex­pected in con­nec­tion to the port's ex­pan­sion per­spec­tives, with the fate of the ca­ble to be de­cided then.

Giedrius Smaguris, di­rec­tor of the Klaipeda port au­thor­ity's Con­struc­tion and Uti­liza­tion Depart­ment, told BNS that the au­thor­ity had turned to the min­istries of En­ergy and Trans­port, ask­ing for fund­ing of the ca­ble, as stip­u­lated in the port's gen­eral plan un­der prepa­ra­tion by the au­thor­ity.

The 110 kilo-volt power trans­mis­sion line, which sup­plies elec­tric­ity to the res­i­dents of Neringa, in­ter­feres with nav­i­ga­tion and the port's po­ten­tial en­large­ment, fur­ther­more, it is of­ten scraped by ships and needs con­stant re­pairs.

The last in­ci­dent oc­curred on Mon­day when a yacht pi­loted by a cit­i­zen of Swe­den en­tered a for­bid­den zone and hin­dered the wires, leav­ing Neringa with­out elec­tric­ity for about half an hour.

Charts list the power line as a no-nav­i­ga­tion zone. The power ca­bles above the Curo­nian Spit are at an al­ti­tude of 13.9-29.8 me­ters.

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