The Republic of Moldova is technically ready to connect to a third source of electricity – from Romania through Ukraine. The statement was made exclusively for Radio Chisinau by the Deputy General Manager of “Moldelectrica”, Veaceslav Zastavnețchi. The representatives of “Moldelectrica” are discussing these days, in Vienna, the contractual aspects, so that the Republic of Moldova will be ready to import electricity from Romania already at the beginning of August.
“Transelectrica” from Romania announced that the Transmission Operators and the Continental European System confirmed that the preliminary technical conditions were met to allow the commercial exchanges of electricity between Ukraine and neighboring states, including Rep. Moldova.
This became possible after, four months ago, Rep. Moldova has started, together with Ukraine, the synchronization of its electricity system with the European one. The process is over, and “Transelectrica” has already announced the availability of electricity supplies to Ukraine and Rep. Moldova.
The Deputy General Manager of “Moldelectrica”, Veaceslav Zastavnetschi, confirmed for Radio Chisinau that, from a technical point of view, Rep. Moldova can already receive electricity from Romania, and will be put on contract.
“It is technically feasible, not contractual yet. There are still some procedures that need to be followed by us and Ukraine. At the moment we have a group of ours that went to Vienna today. Tomorrow, they will have a meeting with the Ukrainian side and the Energy Community to clarify with the contractual side. (…) We assume that we will do all these procedures until August 1, but it is not up to us whether someone will contract. (…) We no longer depend on a physical source. We have some energy from Romania “, said Veaceslav Zastavnețchi.
At the same time, the experts from Chisinau state that the works on the power interconnection projects between Rep. Moldova and Romania must hurry in order to make direct current imports from Romania.
“We can import electricity from Romania but also through Ukraine, through the so-called ENTSO-E system. (…) Rep. Moldova, being a state that has a geographical border with the EU, cannot connect directly. We must not intensify our efforts to speed up the operation of this power infrastructure, ”said Ion Tăb
We remind you that Rep. Moldova will build the Isaccea-Vulcănești-Chisinau high voltage line in the next four years, one of the lines that will ensure energy interconnection with Romania. The total budget of the project is 260 million euros.
Currently, Rep. Moldova buys 70% of the electricity from the Cuciurgan Power Plant, owned in the Transnistrian region by the Russian group Inter RAO, and 30 percent from Ukraine.