Synchronous Area Framework Agreement (Safa)

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The objective of the second phase, which is being carried out simultaneously, is to complete the capacity building phase of the electricity transmission link between Lithuania and the Polish LitPol link, with the grid operators proportionally distributing the inertia requirement for the construction of synchronized compensators in the Baltic States and carrying out, in coordination with REGSO-E, a joint test of the operation in the “island” regime. The Synchronous Zone Framework (SAFA) for the REGSO-E Regional Group for Continental Europe replaces and replaces Operation Handbook of the 2005 Multilateral Agreement. It develops the Synchronous Area Operation Agreement, in accordance with Article 118 of the Guideline on System Operation, one of the eight European network codes and guidelines, and also includes the necessary agreements between TSOs in continental Europe that are not bound by EU law. The Interconnection Agreement establishes the rights and obligations of the Parties in order to ensure that the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian Electricity Transmission System Operators (TSOs) comply with the requirements and commitments made. The request for future connection was submitted by the Baltic TSOs (Elering, AST and Litgrid) and was supported by the Polish TSO (PSE). Europe`s continental electricity grid spans 26 countries and is one of the largest interconnected energy systems in the world. The Baltic States` electricity grid is currently connected asynchronously to continental Europe via litPol Link between Lithuania and Poland and to the Nordic synchronous zone via NordBalt between Lithuania and Sweden and Estlink 1 and 2 between Estonia and Finland. A synchronous zone is a group of connected power networks operating under the same frequency. ENTSO-E has five synchronous zones: continental Europe, the Nordic region, the Baltic Sea region, the British region, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The region of continental Europe is the largest with 26 countries. Each synchronous zone is represented by a regional group under the REGSO-E System Operating Committee. The agreement shall be implemented in accordance with the catalogues of the interconnection conditions. It is a code of 409 technical standards and operating practices and indicators, after the implementation of which Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will connect to the European continental electricity grid and work at the same frequency. At present, The Baltic energy systems account for about 40% (169) of these measures. The European continental electricity system spans 26 countries and is one of the largest interconnected energy systems in the world The agreement on the conditions for a future synchronous connection between the Baltic States` electricity system and the continental electricity system entered into force on 27 May 2019, REGSO-E said. In order to ensure the energy security of their countries, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have agreed to synchronise their energy systems with Europe by 2025. . . Brussels, 28 May 2019 – ENTSO-E is pleased to announce that the agreement on the conditions for a future synchronous connection between the electricity system of the Baltic States and the electricity system of continental Europe entered into force on 27 May 2019. . The request for future connection was submitted by the Baltic TSOs (Elering, AST and Litgrid) and supported by the Polish TSO (PSE), all members of regnt-E.

Baltic synchronization with continental Europe is part of the UNION Strategy for the Energy Union and will allow Baltic TSOs to operate their systems at the frequency of the European continental system and in accordance with EU rules. . . .

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