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Romania’s 400 kV power ring to be completed in a year

Romanian electricity transmission system operator, Transelectrica signed a contract for completing the missing part of the Oradea – Bekescsaba 400 kilovolt overhead line. The completion of the last section of the power ring will contribute to the security of supply and improve Romania’s interconnection capacities.

Transelectrica expects the construction work to be accomplished within twelve months by Electromontaj SA, Hungarian state news agency MTI quotes Agerpres.

The completion of the 400kV Oradea-Békéscsaba overhead line – an investment of over 83 million lei (more than 17 million euros) – in the far west of Romania has been blocked since 2008 due to unresolved ownership issues regarding the section Oradea South-Nădab.

So far the line could only partially be put into operation with a 60 kilometres line between the Romanian town Nădab and the Hungarian town Békéscsaba, near the Romanian-Hungarian border. As the property situation has been clarified the Romanian transmission system operator Transelectrica was able to award the building contract for the missing the 72-kilometre section.

The completion of this last section will contribute to the closure of the 400kV ring in Western Romania, which will significantly improve the operational reliability of the national transmission system and security of electricity supply in the North-West of the country.

The new Oradea-Békéscsaba line will also facilitate electricity transmission between Romania and Hungary. After putting into operation Romania’s interconnection capacity will be increased by 100MW in export and 300MW in import direction.

Transelectrica emphasised that the investment will eliminate congestions and thus save considerable costs for grid interventions. According to the Romanian transmission system operator, the completion of the power line will not only contribute to compliance with EU regulations but will also play a significant role in achieving the European Single Electricity Market, which aims to reduce the price of electricity to the final consumer by increasing market integration and competitiveness.

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