Despite the difficult times, the Company has shown impressive growth in electricity generation in the first 6 months of this year. Between January and June of 2020, the power plants managed by the Ignitis Gamyba produced and sold as much as 835 GWh of electricity, i.e. similar to the volume produced in 2019 on a full-year basis.
Principally, such a result is the merit of efficient utilisation of the potential of Kruonis PSHP and intensive production of the combined cycle unit (CCU) in the Elektrėnai Complex. Due to the favourable market conditions for the efficient operation of the CCU, the generation capacity of this facility reached 336 GWh (or 67 times more compared to the same period in 2019) during I half of 2020 and was highest among all the capacities managed by the Company.
Another important and significantly higher indicator is approx. 18 GWh of activated secondary power reserve services provided by Kruonis PSHP in January–June 2020, i.e. 2 times the volume reached in the same period in 2019.
“The first six months of 2020 will be long remembered, for the lockdown as well for the particularly difficult situation in the market that we faced in June. After the unexpected shut-down of two Riga cogeneration power plants and the failure of the electricity connection with Sweden NordBalt, most of the electricity demand in Lithuania was provided by the CCU, Kaunas Hydro Power Plant and Kruonis PSHP, which ensured almost 73% the country’s electricity demand. After being confronted with unexpected challenges, the importance of the Company’s capacity and the Company’s role as a reliable partner ensuring the security of the country’s energy system became more pronounced”, says Rimgaudas Kalvaitis, CEO of Ignitis Gamyba.
Key financial indicators of Ignitis gamyba were stable in the first half of this year. Compared to the same period in 2019, the Company’s revenue from contracts with customers increased by 1.8% up to EUR 67.4 million. The Company’s adjusted EBITDA increased by 3.9%.
In the field of green energy, one of the biggest news this half of the year was the opening of a 1 MW solar power plant which was installed by the Company in May. This power plant became the first remote solar park in the country, which marked the beginning of operation of the platform „Ignitis solar parks“ in practice, i.e. the opportunity given to all Lithuanian residents to generate electricity for their own apartments or houses in remote solar power plants. In addition, this solar park will be expanded in early autumn by opening a new 3 MW solar power planti n Obeniai. By finalising this project there will be established the largest solar power plant in the Baltic States.
The other projects also made significant progress in the first half of 2020. Already this summer, Ignitis Gamyba has started the dismantling of two disused chimneys in the Elektrėnai Complex. This is a unique project, and in light of Company‘s knowledge, no demolition work has been carried out in the Baltic States at such a height so far. According to the plan, the dismantling of these chimneys will be completed by autumn 2021.
“Looking to the second half of 2020, we will further pursue the work and projects started. When considering the possible development of Kruonis PSHP, we already had the results of the technological and socio-economic feasibility studies of the 5th hydro unit, which revealed the cost and benefit of the most attractive technological alternatives until 2050. Another stages in the project will depend on the electricity market and the demand for system services in the country in the future. Another development project of Kruonis PSHP is the installation of a floating solar power plant in the upper basin. We expect finalise the first stage of this project in the II half of 2020 by installing an experimental 60 kW power plant“, comments R. Kalvaitis.
Key performance indicators of Ignitis Gamyba for January-June 2020:
* The Company’s adjusted EBITDA reported after the adjustments made by the management by eliminating the impact of one-off factors, also considering the change in revenue (and, consequently, EBITDA) of the Company's regulated services. These adjustments are made aiming to disclose the results of the Company’s operating activities after the elimination of the impact of non-typical, one-off factors or factors that are not directly related to the current reporting period. All adjustments made by the management are disclosed in the Company’s interim and annual reports.