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MONITA Project, Italy–Montenegro [free access]

January 2, 2019

Project developers: Italy’s transmission system operator (TSO) Terna and Montenegro’s TSO Crnogorski Elektroprenosni Sistem (CGES)


Project details and status: The project will link the Cepagatti converter station in Pescara (Italy) to the Kotor converter station near Budva (Montenegro) via two 500 kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) cables. The 500 MW project, which will span around 445 km, will help secure the energy supplies of European countries and integrate their electrical systems, while providing significant additional power export capabilities.


The MONITA project was unveiled in 2010, when Terna along with CGES agreed on an initial commissioning date in 2018.


In 2012, Terna awarded a contract worth EUR340 million to France-based cable manufacturer Nexans, for the supply of one of the two 500 kV HVDC cables. Under this contract, Nexans supplied 423 km of aluminium conductor subsea cable and 22 km of copper conductor onshore cable.


As of April 2018, due to a slower than expected pace of construction of renewable projects in the Balkans, the interconnection capacity of the project was halved to 500 MW from the originally planned capacity of 1,000 MW.


Recently, in December 2018, Nexans completed the installation and testing of a 445-km, 500 kV HVDC subsea and land mass-impregnated (MI) cable system associated with the project.