Romania’s electricity transmission company Transelectrica has launched a double-circuit 400 kV electricity transmission line between Resita in Romania and Pančevo in Serbia, under an investment worth some EUR 18 million (RON 81.5 million).
Construction work on the overhead line (OHL) started in October 2014, and the Romanian section is 63 kilometers long, with 206 transmission towers. The length of the transmission line in Serbia is 68 kilometers, including 203 transmission towers. The Serbian section of the line was put into operation in December last year.
“The 400 kV Resita-Pančevo OHL is a project of common interest, part of the Mid Continental East Corridor, and one of its main roles is to strengthen the national and South-East European (SEE) electricity system, Transelectrica said in a press release.
The realization of the 400 kV Resita-Pančevo OHL will allow the elimination of major congestion in the area of the Romanian and Serbian power systems as well as an increase of the transfer capacity between two countries and throughout the South-Eastern part of Europe, the company said, adding that the investment will enable Romania to achieve its mandatory 10% interconnectivity target for 2020.
On the Serbian side, Jelena Matejić, general manager of Serbia’s transport and system operator EMS, said that the Resita-Pančevo line has been the most important project for EMS in the past 10 years.
The transmission line is part of the Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor, which will connect Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Italy, running from Resita in Romania to Pančevo, Obrenovac and Bajina Bašta in Serbia, then to Pljevlja in Montenegro and Lastva, and then under the sea to Villanova in Italy.