Lietuvos Energija of Lithuania and the Polish energy supplier Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetychne may work together to build a power link connecting the Lithuanian power grid with the European one. The project cost inside Lithuania could reach $180 million, including finishing construction of the upper reservoir of the Kruonis hydropower plant.
According to Lietuvos Energija’s plans, energy production will be integrated into the Western and Central European energy systems in three stages. By the end of 2001, a 110 kW line will be built from Alytus, Lithuania to Hancza, Poland. By the end of 2002, there will be lines from Kruonis to Alytus in Lithuania, and from Hancza to Elk in Poland. By the end of 2003, lines inside Poland would extend from Elk to Olsztyn and Bialystock, with a DC input planned for set-up in Lithuania. The two networks of new 440 kV lines would conduct up to 6 GWh annually.