Terna studying three Balkan interconnector links,
including to Albania
Nov 23, 2007 - AFX news
ROME (Thomson Financial) - Terna SpA is studying
three possible interconnector links across the Adriatic
sea to link Italy's electricity grid with those in
three Balkan countries, including Albania, according
to company presentations.
Earlier this week, Terna CEO Flavio Cattaneo was
quoted on a planned link to Montenegro, while earlier
in November, Terna signed an agreement with Croatian
power grid operator HEP-OPS for a feasibility study
on a submarine cable link to Croatia.
In the presentation, Terna said that in addition
to a possible Candia, Italy-Konjsko, Croatia power
cable link, other studies are looking at links from
Foggia, Italy to Podgorica in Montenegro and Foggia
to Durazzo in Albania.
All three three links would be either 500 or 1,000
MW capacity with the Croatian link 240 kilometres
long, the Montenegro one 300 km, and the Albania one
300 km, the company said.
The company gave no cost for the possible links,
while a Sardinia-Italian mainland 1,000 MW, 420 km
submarine link already under construction is expected
to cost 700 mln eur when finished in mid-2009, it
The cost of a interconnection depends on capacity
of the lines themselves -- a single 500 MW line or
a double 1,000 MW one -- the distance, the underwater
depth and hire of a cable-layer vessel.
Industry sources said links to the Balkan power market
would give Italy access to power from its hydroelectric
plants and coal-powered plants, costing 30 pct less
than electricity produced in Italy.
Terna is cooperating with Balkan countries on technical
assistance for their own grid networks, and in addition
sees scope for identifying generation projects, in
which other Italian companies could take stakes, it
Croatia is currently a net importer of electricity
and Terna sees the country as playing a transit role
in power exchange with Italy, it said, noting new
Croatian investments in coal and gas-fired power plants.
On other interconnectors, studies are also underway
for links to North Africa with technical and economic
conditions already examined for a 1,000 MW link between
Sicily and Tunisia, Terna said in its presentation.
To Algeria, two connection alternatives have been
identified, both for 500 or 1,000 MW, to either Sardinia
or the Campania mainland region, it said.
With Libya, joint studies are being carried out with
the Libyan operator for a connection to Sicily via
Malta with a capacity of 500 or 1,000 MW, it said.
Land line projects to neighbouring countries include
building a new 1,000 MW capacity interconnector to
Slovenia, studies on increasing the Valchiavenna link
to Switzerland, and studies on French links to Italy's
Piedmont region, it said.
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