The Finnish electricity network operator reacted quickly and assured that it could do without power imports from Russia. “We were prepared for this and it won’t be difficult. We can manage with a little more imports from Sweden and Norway”Timo Kaukonen, an operations manager for operator Fingrid, told AFP on Friday.
“A little less than 10%” of the electricity consumed in Finland comes from Russia, with an import capacity of up to 900 megawatts (MW) currently”he explained.
This announcement comes against a backdrop of rising tensions between Moscow and Helsinki, which has announced its desire to join NATO “without delay” under the influence of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. An intention seen with a very bad eye by Moscow which has already threatened a “military-technical” response.
At the end of April, Fingrid had reduced import capacities from Russia from 1,300 to 900 MW in order to “safeguard the security of the electrical system in Finland” in a context of “changes in the international situation”.
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