Kruonis Pumped Storage Power Plant Expansion


Kruonis Pumped Storage Power Plant (Kruonis PSPP) expansion is planned by commissioning construction of the fifth 225 MW hydro unit. Kruonis PSPP is currently equipped with four hydro units but the initial design of power plant provides an opportunity to build another four units. Therefore current infrastructure of Kruonis PSPP is completely suitable for the installation of the new hydro unit.

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The fifth hydro unit will be much more efficient and flexible compared with the four old units. According to its technical specification, the hydro unit will operate at 110-225 MW range in pump mode and at 55-225 MW range in generation mode. Target overall efficiency factor of the new unit cycle is 78%, which is as much as 4 percentage points higher than that of the current units.

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When choosing technology for Kruonis PSPP’s new hydro unit, the following market tendencies were taken into consideration: 

Expansion of renewable energy sources in the region. The new hydro unit of Kruonis PSPP will provide more flexibility in balancing power fluctuations from wind farms in real time, because power fluctuations will become more common as the countries of the region intend to increase the proportion of electricity generated from renewable sources.

Launching NordBalt and Litpol Link interconnections. A difference in prices in the neighbouring countries will allow Kruonis PSPP to economically use its capacities in electricity trading, i.e. by converting electricity generated at night into peak load electricity.

Expansion of new production capacities in the region. With the emerging of new production capacities, e.g., Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant, the generation of base load electricity will increase and demand for electricity reserves will grow. So, the flexible units of Kruonis PSPP will ensure the largest share of the secondary active power reserve.


It is estimated that the construction of the new hydro unit of Kruonis PSPP may cost nearly EUR 100-110 million, or EUR 0,5 million per installed megawatt. Meanwhile, the experience of foreign countries shows that investment in new pumped storage power plants is more than twice as much, EUR 1.1 million per installed megawatt. 

The Kruonis PSPP expansion project will be funded from loans provided by commercial banks. Ways are sought to get support from EU structural funds and export credit agencies. Kruonis PSPP intends to allocate financing for the project as well.


Supposedly, as much as 75% of all construction works were performed when developing the current infrastructure of Kruonis PSPP and building the first four hydro units. 

Feasibility and environmental assessment studies were conducted as part of the Kruonis PSPP expansion project and technical specifications were prepared. Other preparatory works are being carried out at the moment.

Project promoter: Lietuvos Energija, UAB

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