The cable stringing operation has begun as part of building a new overhead power transmission line to connect the Alytus transformer substation with the Kruonis Pumped Storage Power Plant (PSPP).

All power line’s construction works are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

The power line’s construction works are simultaneously carried out in the districts of Alytus, Prienai and Kaišiadorys. Foundations for power towers are being laid along the power line’s route – power towers are being assembled and erected. The operation to string cables between four power towers in the district of Alytus started this week, marking the last stage of the power line’s construction in this stretch.

“The 330 kV power transmission line between Alytus and Kruonis PSPP, which is part of the plan to connect Lithuanian and Polish power networks, will help to use the capacities of the Lithuanian–Polish power interconnection LitPol Link more effectively, especially following the synchronisation of the Baltic power system with the networks of continental Europe,” said Daivis Virbickas, CEO of the Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator Litgrid.

The 55 km double circuit power line will start at the Alytus transformer substation in the village of Butkunai and stretch to Kruonis PSPP in the village of Maisiejunai. The power line’s construction will include the expansion of the transformer substation of Kruonis PSPP, with new equipment to be installed for connecting the power line to the power transmission grid. The power line’s construction works should be finished during 2017.

“The construction works are being carried out in all districts at the same time as we want to take advantage of favourable weather conditions and complete works as soon as possible, without causing much inconvenience to residents,” pointed out Virbickas.

The 330 kV power line will be the second of its kind in Lithuania after the restoration of the country’s independence. The first 330 kV power line was built between Klaipeda and Telšiai in 2014.