The Kurzeme Ring (KR) is an energy infrastructure project involving the construction of a 330kV high voltage overhead line in the Western part of Latvia to ensure the possibility of connecting the increased capacities in Kurzeme, impossible up to now. KR constitutes a part of the larger NordBalt project, the implementation of which includes the construction of interconnection between Lithuania and Sweden and transmission network reinforcement in Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden with a view to improve power supply reliability in the Baltic region.
NordBalt, and the Kurzeme Ring project incorporated in it, constitutes a part of the the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP), an agreement signed in 2009 by high-ranking government officials.
The main facts of the Kurzeme Ring are following: the total length of the 330 kV power line is planned for about 330 km; transmission capacity – 800 MW; costs – about EUR 220 million, half of which is financed by the European Commission within the framework of the co-financing programmes. It is essential that the costs of the Kurzeme Ring are partly covered from the funds of the European Energy Programme for Recovery and Connection European Facilities.
“Augstsprieguma tīkls” AS as a transmission system operator in Latvia is responsible for the strategic transmission network Project ”Kurzeme Ring” realisation.