Planning commences for the expansion of Kruonis Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant in Lithuania

AB “Ignitis gamyba”, which manages and develops electricity generation in Lithuania, has signed a consultancy agreement with engineering, consulting and design company AFRY Switzerland Ltd for the preparation of a technical specification for the expansion of Kruonis Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant (KPSHAP).
Planning commences for the expansion of Kruonis Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant in Lithuania
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The agreement involves the commissioning of construction of hydro unit No. 5 at the plant and a contract for labour and works coordinated with the customer according to the FIDIC Yellow Book, published by the Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs-Conseils (FIDIC). AFRY Switzerland will prepare the procurement conditions for the construction works and provide technical consultations and expert assessments in the course of procurement of the contracted works.

“The works performed by the consultant will help us to decide about further actions, how to develop additional energy production and balancing capacities as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, hence increasing the KPSHAP “flexibility,” empowering the power plant to operate in wider range of powers and thus, to respond more flexibly to the system’s balancing needs” said Rimgaudas Kalvaitis, CEO of AB “Ignitis gamyba.” “It will be especially relevant after completion of synchronisation with the continental European networks, when it is necessary to assure the provision of necessary frequency management services”.

The technical capacities of planned hydro unit No. 5 will expand the operation range of the power plant in the modes of generation and pump, thus enabling the power plant to participate more efficiently in the common Baltic balancing market and assuring its higher competitiveness in provision of additional systemic services. The new unit will also help to balance the rapidly developed yet uneven generation of renewable energy sources in Lithuania.

At present, KPSHAP operates 4 units, the maximum capacity of each amounting to 225 MW. Although the units may provide balancing services, but due to the approaching changes in the need for systemic services and limited operation range of the current units, the capacities of these units to provide the aforementioned services will be restricted.

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Ignitis Group

AFRY Switzerland

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