With the help of the EBRD and a number of European governments, Lithuania’s largest conventional power plant has been upgraded to meet EU standards and help secure the country’s energy supply.
Lithuania’s energy supply has been secured following the upgrade of the 1,800-megawatt Lithuanian Power Plant (LPP) in Elektrenai in the south of the country.
With the Ignalina nuclear power plant closing by the end of 2009, the LPP is to play an important role in maintaining the country’s power supply and meeting customer demand.
The project to improve the environmental and technical performance of the LPP began in June 2005 and was completed by the end of 2008. It involved installing new electrostatic precipitators, wet method flue gas desulphurisation plants and gypsum production facilities. The result is a large combustion plant that meets EU standards.
Funds from Europe and the EBRD
Financing of €90 million came from the Ignalina International Decommissioning Support Fund (IIDSF), which is managed by the EBRD and is part of efforts to secure Lithuania’s energy supply after Ignalina shuts down.
The IIDSF started its work in autumn 2001. About €641 million has so far been committed by the European Community, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.