Moldova to recognize the construction of the Vulcanesti-Chisinau high-voltage transmission line and the Back-to-Back station in Vulcanesti as a project of national importance.
Consideration of this issue will be dealt with by a special commission created by the decision of the government. The Preliminary Study Commission set by the Cabinet of Ministers to proclaim the public utility of national importance works for the construction of the Vulcanesti-Chisinau overhead transmission line and the Back-to-Back station in Vulcanesti will be chaired by the head of the Energy Policy Department of the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, Calin Negura. These works are part of the project "Moldova Romania Power Interconnection Phase I" with a total cost of 260.9 million euros. To finance the work, a loan agreement was concluded between Moldova and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for 80 million euros; a financing agreement between Moldova and the European Investment Bank for 80 million euros; loan agreements between Moldova and the International Development Association from the World Bank Group for 47.9 million euros and 13.1 million euros, respectively, and a grant agreement between Moldova, Moldelectrica and the EBRD for 39.9 million euros. The project provides for the construction of a 400 kV overhead power line Vulcanesti-Chisinau, with a length of about 158 km, which will pass through the territory of 35 settlements from 9 regions of the country, including ATU Gagauzia and Chisinau. At the same time, 330 kV electrical substations in Chisinau and 400 kV in Vulcanesti will be modernized and expanded. The commission created by the decision of the government will hold working meetings in the territories with representatives of local public administration bodies of I and II levels, within the territorial radius of which the mentioned works will be carried out within the framework of the project of national importance. As InfoMarket reported earlier, 10 companies from Romania, Turkey, China, Russia, India and Kazakhstan submitted applications for participation in the international tender for the design and construction of the 400 kV high-voltage transmission line Vulcanesti-Chisinau. The high-voltage transmission line Vulcanesti-Chisinau will become a strategic element of a comprehensive project to modernize the national energy system and its connection with the European energy system. The construction period of the Vulcanesti-Chisinau power transmission line is estimated at about 42 months from the date of signing the contract. The project for the asynchronous interconnection of the electric power systems of Moldova and Romania will be implemented by the state-owned company Moldelectrica until 2024. It is crucial for the diversification of electricity sources in Moldova, which is now highly dependent on electricity supplies from the Moldovan HPP, located in the Transnistrian region and owned by the Russian company Inter RAO. The implementation of the asynchronous connection by Romania will ensure a higher level of energy security in the internal electricity market, permanent access to the EU regional electricity market for reliable supply of electricity to end users. Having permanent access to the regional electricity market will facilitate competitive prices in the domestic electricity market, making electricity tariffs less burdensome for end users. // 21.01.2021 - InfoMarket.