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Elering has entered into a contract for the renovation of the 110-kilovolt Lihula substation on the Harku-Lihula-Sindi power line with ABB AS, the company that won the associated public procurement. The value of the contract is 3.2 million euros.

The Lihula substation is the most important bulk transmission substation in western Estonia in the transmission network operated by Elering and its renovation will strengthen the reliability of supply in the entire region. Lihula substation also supplies power to the largest islands in western Estonia, Muhu, Saaremaa and Hiiumaa. Lihula substation is also a part of the third Estonia-Latvia electricity connection being established.

Three bidders submitted a tender in the procurement for renovation of Lihula substation.

Lihula substation will undergo a full renovation. At the substation, built in 1977, the control building will be renovated and a new 110-kilovolt switchgear will be established. Construction works will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, and the deadline for completion is December 2020.

The establishment of the third power connection between Estonia and Latvia is an important requirement for synchronizing the Baltic states with the continental European electricity system. As part of the project, Elering will build a new 175-kilometre-long 330/110-kilvolt power line on the Harku-Lihula-Sindi corridor and a 14-kilometer 330-kilovolt line from Kilingi-Nõmme substation to the Estonia-Latvia border. The new connection is expected to be completed in 2020.