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Romania's Transelectrica receives EUR33 million funding for 400 kV line [free access]

October 3, 2019

The Romanian national power grid operator, Transelectrica SA, has signed a EUR33.43 million financing contract for the construction of the 400 kV Gutinaș–Smârdan double-circuit overhead line (OHL). The non-reimbursable funding has been granted by the Ministerul Fondurilor Europenefor or the Romanian Ministry of European Funds under the infrastructure programme “programului operațional infrastructură mare (POIM) 2014-20”, or the large infrastructure operational programme.


The 140-km-long line [138 km overhead line (OHL) and 2 km underground cable (UGC)] has been awarded the status of Project of Common Interest (PCI) by the European Commission (EC). As an integral part of the PCI cluster—Black Sea Corridor, the project will significantly contribute to strengthening the national power system and securing electricity supply. It also aims to integrate the renewable energies from power generation facilities in the Dobruja (Dobrogea) region, and will increase the transfer capacity on the route from 2,200 MW (2013) to 3,200 MW (2023).


Moreover, the OHL will support regional and European market integration by providing North–South and East–West connections to complete the internal market, and further facilitate the development of European electricity transmission infrastructure. At the European level, it will ensure the consolidation of the electricity transmission corridor along the Black Sea shore (Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria) and to the rest of Europe (Black Sea Corridor).


The total investment in the project is EUR56.8 million, nearly 55 per cent of which will be covered by the Ministry. However, the remaining portion of investment not covered by the support will be financed individually by Transelectrica. The project is scheduled for commissioning in December 2022.