Lithuanian Electricity Storage Facilities System Project (2022)

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Information about the project

Project promoter: Energy cells

Project contract value: EUR 109 million

Lithuania’s system of electricity storage facilities is essential to ensure the security of Lithuania’s energy system and its ability to operate in isolated mode. The energy storage system, which will provide Lithuania with an instantaneous isolated operation electricity reserve until synchronisation with the continental European networks (CEN), will be used after synchronisation for the integration of energy produced from renewable sources.

At the end of July 2021, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania appointed Energy cells, a company of the EPSO-G Group, as the operator of the instantaneous isolated operation electricity reserve for Lithuania’s electricity storage facilities and entrusted it with the management of the electricity storage facilities system.

Energy cells will install and integrate into Lithuania’s energy system a system of four energy storage facilities (batteries) with a total combined capacity of 200 megawatts (MW) and 200 megawatt-hours (MWh). Energy cells will install four energy storage facilities with a capacity of 50 MW and power of 50 MWh each at transformer substations in Vilnius, Šiauliai, Alytus, and Utena. It is the largest project in the Baltic States and one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

The high-capacity energy storage system will be installed and serviced by the Siemens Energy and Fluence consortium. The companies implementing the project on a joint deployment basis have won an international procurement launched by Energy cells for system installation services and energy storage technologies.

Pursuant to the EUR 109 million contract, Siemens Energy and Fluence will design, manufacture, and connect the energy storage facilities system to the electricity transmission system, as well as provide warranty service and maintenance for 15 years after the system is launched.

 

Key stages of the project

January 2021 

Energy cells, a special-purpose wholly-owned subsidiary of EPSO-G Group, was established.

January 2021

An international tender was launched for the design, manufacture, and installation of a battery energy storage facilities system, as well as for technical support services for the works of the Lithuanian electricity system.

July 2021

The Government of the Republic of Lithuania appointed Energy cells as the operator of the storage facilities that will provide Lithuania with an instantaneous electricity reserve.

October 2021

Energy cells signed a contract with the winning Siemens Energy and Fluence consortium.

November 2021

Energy storage facilities system design works were started.

June 2022

Energy storage facilities system construction works are foreseen to be started.

Q3 2022

Testing works of the energy storage facilities system are foreseen.

Q4 2022

Electricity system isolated operation reserve guarantee service is foreseen to be started.

PROJECT GOALS AND SIGNIFICANCE

  • As Lithuania plans to join the continental European networks (CEN) system in 2025 and disconnect from the BRELL (Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) energy ring, it is important to ensure the ability to operate in isolated mode.
  • The energy storage facilities system will provide instantaneous isolated operation electricity reserve and will provide isolated operation reserve service until the synchronisation with the CEN in 2025.
  • If needed, high-capacity reserve storage facilities will start supplying power immediately, within 1 second. This will ensure a reliable supply of active power to the grid until other sources of electricity generation are commissioned. Lithuanian power plants currently operating in the IPS/UPS system can start supplying power within 15 minutes.
  • Once synchronised with the CEN system, the energy storage facilities will be able to store electricity generated by solar or wind power plants and feed it into the grid when needed. Lithuania aims to generate 70% of its electricity consumption by 2030, almost half of it from renewable sources
  • The new energy storage facilities will use climate-neutral technologies, which will contribute to the country’s climate change mitigation objectives by reducing the need for the services of generators using conventional energy sources to operate the transmission system.
Last updated: 21-12-2021