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Moldova Romania Power Interconnection Phase I Project [free access]

October 3, 2019

Developers: Transelectrica S.A. of Romania and Moldelectrica of Moldova

 

Project details and status: The project aims to help Moldova in diversifying its electricity supply sources, and will considerably enhance the stability, security and reliability of its power supply —a prerequisite for the country’s economic development.

 

The larger interconnection project includes three subprojects. The first priority project is the new 400 kV Vulcanesti–Chisinauoverhead line (OHL), 600 MW back-to-back (BTB) unit at the Vulcanesti substation, and the upgrade and expansion of the Chisinau and Vulcanesti substations in Moldova. The other two components include a BTB station and the 330/400 kV Romania–Ungheni–Straseni overhead line (sub-project 2); and a BTB station and the 400 kV Balti–Suceava overhead line (sub-project 3). 

 

In July 2018, theGovernment of Moldova ratified two financing contracts with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Investment Bank (EIB), worth EUR80 million each.

 

In December 2018, Moldova transmission system operator (TSO), Moldelectrica, issued a request for proposals (RfPs) worth EUR3 million for providing project implementation unit (PIU) consultancy services for the project.The scope of the contract involved undertaking overall project management support, review of the project design, preparation of all requisite technical studies, arrangement of tendering procedure along with preparation of the prequalification and tender documents for procurement activities, administration of contract implementation, assistance in all environmental and social (E&S) aspects, and arrangement of timely disbursements under the contracts.

 

In May 2019, the World Bank approved a USD70 million loan to Moldova for the construction of the new Vulcanesti–Chisinau OHL and the upgrade and expansion of substations at both ends; and for strengthening the power dispatch and metering systems.

 

In September 2019, the European Union (EU) provided a EUR40 million investment grant to Moldova to co-finance the construction of the BTB unit at the Vulcanesti substation.

 

The overall interconnection is a long-term project and will be built between 2019 and 2024.

 

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