The European Commission approved Romania’s first cross-border smart grid project, developed in partnership by Delgaz Grid SA, the electricity and natural gas distribution company, part of the E.ON group, CNTEE Transelectrica SA, the operator national transmission system, and MAVIR, the Hungarian transmission operator, informs Transelectrica.

The “Smart Grid” Carpathian Modernized Energy Network (CARMEN) project was included in the 5th list of Projects of Common Interest (CIP), adopted at the end of last week by the European Commission, and has a value of approximately 150 million euros.

“The CARMEN project has a value of approximately 150 million euros, and its implementation will run for a period of 6 years, starting with 2023, and will be proposed for funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program. Following its adoption by the Commission, the Delegated Act containing the draft 5th CIP list will be presented to the European Parliament and the Council Both legislators have two months to accept or reject the list – a process that can be extended for another two months “If necessary. Based on the applicable legal provisions, the legislators do not have the possibility to modify the draft list”, it is specified in the Transelectrica communiqué.

Projects of Common Interest are key cross-border energy infrastructure projects for building a more integrated and resilient EU internal energy market, and for pursuing energy and climate goals.

The 5th PCI list includes 98 projects: 67 in the field of electricity transmission and storage, 20 in the field of natural gas, 6 projects in CO2 networks and 5 projects in smart electricity distribution networks. Also, the 5th PCI list includes 4 more projects of common interest developed by CNTEE Transelectrica SA, part of the Romania – Serbia Cluster “Mid Continental East Corridor”, including: The Interconnection Line between Resita (RO) and Pancevo (RS) , The Internal Line between the Iron Gates and Reşiţa, the Internal Line between Reşiţa and Timişoara / Sacalaz, as well as the Internal Line between Arad and Timişoara / Sacalaz.

According to Transelectrica, through the CARMEN project, the partners aim to modernize and develop electricity transmission and distribution networks, as well as increase their interoperability, both at national and European level, in order to achieve objectives of common interest. Thus, it is estimated the modernization of 23 substations, 65 substations, high voltage overhead lines and the implementation of specific IT and communications technologies, the installation in the electric transmission network of modern means of voltage control at the energy system .

“CARMEN will directly contribute to the increase of the capacity to take over in the low voltage network of electricity produced from renewable sources by prosumers, the project being an extremely important step towards accelerating the greening and digitization of the electricity transmission and distribution network managed by the three partners “, it is also specified in the communiqué.

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