Romania’s national power grid operator Translectrica will provide assistance with the working out of the specifications for the technical project of the Vulcanesti – Isaccea overhead power line and of the back-to-back unit of the Vulcanesti 400 kV electrical substation, the company said in a release on Friday.
“The Institute for Power Studies and Engineering (ISPE), under the contract signed with power grid operator Moldelectrica, has worked out the feasibility study for the asynchronous interconnection of the power systems of Romania and the Republic of Moldova, as well as the feasibility study for the Vulcanesti – Chisinau high voltage power line. The feasibility study for the project of the Vulcanesti back-to-back substation and the 400 kV Vulcanesti – Chisinau overhead power line was presented on November 1, 2016 in the joint Energy Working Group of the Republic of Romania – Rep. of Moldova intergovernmental committee. Transelectrica will provide assistance with the working out of the specifications for the technical project of the Vulcanesti – Isaccea overhead power line and the back-to-back unit of the Vulcanesti 400 kV electrical substation,” reads the document.
According to the release, the parties will jointly identify the financing sources, development partners and international financial institutions included, for the development of the technical projects for the 3 interconnection lines and the construction thereof.
The 9th session of the Romania – Republic of Moldova joint intergovernmental committee on economic cooperation took place on Friday in Chisisnau.
“A major activity mentioned in the May 21, 2015 Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Moldova is the carrying out of the projects required for the interconnection of the natural gas and power grids of Romania and the Republic of Moldova. The joint committee’s sitting was an opportunity to jointly identify the potential major investment projects of bilateral or trilateral interest that could be submitted in the next programming period under the Romania – Republic of Moldova Joint Operational Program. The interconnection of the national power and natural gas grids represents a strategic goal and will contribute to strengthening the energy security of both sides,” Transelectrica said.
The priority infrastructure projects of the Republic of Moldova are the Vulcanesti – Chisinau 400 kV overhead power line and the back-to-back unit of the Vulcanesti 400 kV substation, the Romania – Ungheni – Straseni 400 kV overhead power line and the related back-to-back unit, the Suceava – Balti 400 kV overhead power line and the back-to-back unit in the Balti electrical substation.
The committee noted the progress made with the feasibility study for the interconnection of the power and energy systems of the Republic of Moldova and Romania, which started in December 2015 with EBRD financial support and was developed by the consultant selected by international tender – the Institute for Power Studies and Engineering – ISPE Romania, including the updating of the feasibility study for the Balti – Suceava 400 kV overhead power line (developed with EBRD support between 2009 – 2010 by the Italian provider of technical and engineering services CESI).