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BeoGrid 2025 project to upgrade transmission grid for more renewables in Serbia

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Photo: Printscreen/Map with the sites for power plant projects for which TSO EMS received grid connection requests

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August 10, 2023

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The Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure has launched an early phase of public consultation for the spatial plan of the special purpose area for BeoGrid 2025. The project envisages the construction of infrastructure to facilitate the grid connection of new wind and solar power plants in the south Banat area and the transmission to other parts of the country, primarily to Srem (Syrmia) and the capital Belgrade.

The spatial plan of the special purpose area for BeoGrid 2025 includes the territories of the cities of Belgrade (municipalities of Zemun, Palilula, and Surčin) and neighboring Pančevo, and the municipalities of Alibunar, Kovačica, Kovin, Pećinci, and Stara Pazova.

The early phase ends on August 21, the ministry said.

Of note, BeoGrid 2025 is implemented by transmission system operator Elektromreža Srbije (EMS).

South Banat hosts six wind farms out of seven in the country. Serbia has 400 MW in total in wind power.

However, according to a map ofthe sites for power plant projects for which TSO EMS received grid connection requests, there are around 40 projects in the pipeline throughout the Serbian part of Banat, with a total capacity of around 4,500 MW. The geographic region is shared with Romania.

Renewable energy projects with a total capacity of around 4.500 MW are in the pipeline in Banat

The project is set to relieve the 220/110/35 kV Belgrade 5 substation, which supplies electricity to a large part of Belgrade, especially New Belgrade and Zemun, the document reads.

The cluster of network infrastructure projects includes the Belgrade 50 400/110 kV substation with the associated 400 kV and 110 kV connections and a double 400 kV transmission line from the Belgrade 50 substation to a location near the Čibuk wind farm in south Banat.

The investment is valued at EUR 90 million. The six segments are scheduled to be implemented simultaneously from 2022 to 2026.

Part of the larger North CSE Corridor project

BeoGrid 2025 is part of the larger North Continental South East (North CSE) Corridor project, which also envisages activities to double the capacity of the 400 kV transmission line between Serbia and Romania at the Iron Gate 1 hydropower station on the Danube. It is called Porțile de Fier 1 in Romanian and Đerdap 1 in Serbian.

The project is also expected to strengthen the transmission corridor from the east to the west of the Balkan Peninsula and help integrate the electricity market in Southeastern Europe.

The deadline for the preparation of the draft plan is 12 months.

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