Harku-Sindi power line bringing independency and enabling renewable energy production for the Baltic region
Empower is constructing a 330 kV high voltage power line between the Estonian towns of Harku, Lihula and Sindi for the Estonian transmission system operator Elering. The design phase started already during 2017 and year 2018 the laying of foundations and erecting towers were started close to the town of Sindi. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of year 2020.
– We had some delays during preparations and were not able to begin the construction exactly as initially scheduled, but we believe that the project will be completed on time. Currently all the materials are already delivered on site and we have a lot of resources from the Baltics to work on the project. Altogether there are eight parts in the project. The first four of them are proceeding rapidly and in the latter four parts the work is continuing with for example the land agreements and building permits, describes Jaanis Järvet from Empower.
Elering has been satisfied with the cooperation and quality of work at Empower.
"Our cooperation with Empower has long history and with our trustworthy relationship we feel confident about the project."
– Our cooperation with Empower has long history and with our trustworthy relationship we feel confident about the project. For us and Estonians in general it is important to finalize everything on time, as this power line is a part of the third interconnection between Estonia and Latvia, which enables the Baltic countries to become less dependent from Russia’s electricity network and connects us to the continental European network, explains Kalle Kilk, Member of Board at Elering.
Currently Estonia is exporting energy, but this is changing in the near future as the country is shifting its’ energy production towards less emission releasing production. Estonia fulfilled its’ renewable energy targets for 2020 already a couple of years back and has already set its’ sight towards 2030 targets.
– Quite soon there will be some old production units shut down permanently, so we need new production to replace this. We see that renewable energy has increasing competitiveness on the market and the decisions to build additional RES generation will become less dependent on subsidies. Therefore Harku-Sindi power line plays an important role not only reaching the renewable energy 2030 targets but also supporting the investments into Estonian power generation in general, as it enables renewable energy production like wind in the coastline and inland solar power to be connected to our production network, Kilk continues.