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Construction of the Slovenia-Hungary transmission line delayed due to COVID-19

The transmission System operator from Slovenia, ELES is announcing a delay in completing the construction of the transmission line connecting Slovenia and Hungary.

The construction of the cross-border transmission line between Slovenia and Hungary 2×400 kilovolts Cirkovce-Hévíz is in the final stage: the final construction permit has been acquired, the construction of the substation Cirkovce is 100 per cent finished and ready for the connection, civil works are finalised to 96 per cent and the installation of the steel constructions up to 71 per cent.

However, due to some materialised risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic situation and unfavourable weather conditions, the start of the test run has been postponed for three months, to June 2022.  Adverse weather conditions were the second cause of the delay. A strong wind prevented lifting the towers, which consequently accumulated the delay in installing the electro equipment. 

Completing the 2×400 kilovolts cross-border transmission lines Cirkovce–Hévíz is a top priority for ELES. Labour force in the field has been increased to the maximum extent possible and are doing their best to put the tie-line into operation. 

According to the updated project plan, in June 2022, ELES and its Hungarian TSO partner MAVIR anticipate the inclusion of the SI-HU border into the European projects for forming an integrated electricity market and, with this also the commercial granting of cross-border transmission capacities.

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