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    Latvia to install 3 synchronous condenser stations to synchronize with European power grid


    October 6, 2022 - LETA Latvian News Agency

     

      RIGA, Oct 5 (LETA) - Latvian transmissions system operator (TSO) Augstsprieguma Tikls on Wednesday signed a EUR 114 million contract with EM;SE Syncons to install three synchronous condenser stations, representatives of Augstsprieguma Tikls told LETA.

      EM;SE Syncons was awarded the contract after the company won a tender to supply and install three synchronous condensers.

      ccording to the TSO representatives, after synchronizing their transmission networks of the with the Continental Europe power grid, each Baltic country will have to regulate the frequency of the network, ensuring the necessary amount of system inertia for system stability. In order to ensure the necessary inertia in the energy system, three synchronous condensers will be installed in Latvia.

      ugstsprieguma Tikls board member Arnis Daugulis indicated that the synchronous condenser stations "are an important infrastructure for the energy independence of the Baltics and the security and stability of the network. These devices will provide the necessary system inertia in the event of a large generation source or interconnection outage until other reserves are activated to replace the lost energy source and return the overall system to normal operation mode".

      The construction of synchronous condensers is part of the transmission system infrastructure strengthening projects, which are necessary for the synchronization of the Baltic electricity system with Continental Europe, which is planned for 2025.

      In Latvia, the synchronous condensers will be installed at three substations of the power transmission system - "Ventspils", "Liksna" and "Grobina".

      It is expected that the first synchronous condenser will be installed within 28 months, the second within 32 months, and the third within 36 months.

      "A synchronous condenser is a synchronous generator that is not connected to the load, but spins at idle speed, consuming a relatively small amount of energy from the network to ensure its rotation. In addition to frequency regulation, synchronous condensers will also help ensure sufficient short-circuit power compensation in the transmission network for proper system protection and automatic operation," Daugulis explains.

      s part of the Baltic power grid synchronization project, such condensers will also be installed in Lithuania and Estonia - three in each country.

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