August 24, 2017

Empower to build strategic power line in the Baltics

The project contract was signed on 21 August. (left to right) Mait Kesküll from Leonhard Weiss Energy, Jaanis Järvet from Empower and Tarmo Veskimägi from Elering.
The project contract was signed on 21 August. (left to right) Mait Kesküll from Leonhard Weiss Energy, Jaanis Järvet from Empower and Tarmo Veskimägi from Elering.
Ain Köster/Elering

Finnish Empower has signed a contract with Estonian grid company Elering for the construction of a 330 kV high voltage power line that will run between the Estonian towns of Harku, Lihula and Sindi.

The total value of the contract is 60 million euros and covers the entire planning and construction of the power line.

The project is carried out jointly by Empower and Leonard Weiss and will commence in September 2017, while the construction itself begins in autumn 2018. The project is due for completion by the end of 2020.

“This is a significant project for the Baltic region,” says Elering CEO Taavi Veskimägi. “Harku-Sindi is part of the third interconnection between Estonia and Latvia, which enables the Baltic countries to become less dependent on Russia’s electricity network and connects us to the continental European network.”

The approximately 170-kilometre-long power line will also ensure better electricity supply security to Western Estonia and deepens Empower’s involvement in the Estonian grid.

“This is a good continuation of our co-operation, which began in 2010 when we were chosen to work on the Tartu-Viljandi-Sindi line which is partly used for the third interconnection,” comments Timo Kiiveri, president of Empower’s Network Services. “With this project we will further strengthen our presence and market position in the Baltics.”

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