Lithuania-sweden power cable's joint replacement
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.