Electric Grid Companies secure additional European funding, totaling over 433 million lei, for network investments

The Ministry of Energy and the companies Rețele Electrice Muntenia, Rețele Electrice Banat and Rețele Electrice Dobrogea (part of the PPC group in Romania, previously named E-Distributie Muntenia, Banat, respectively Dobrogea) signed six non-reimbursable financing contracts through the Modernization Fund, for projects targeting the electricity distribution infrastructure in Ilfov, Ialomița,  Calarasi, Caras Severin, Arad and Hunedoara counties, according to Business-Review.eu.

The 6 investment projects to be carried out by the electricity distribution operators have a total value of about 558.3 million lei (excluding VAT), of which the amount covered by the Modernization Fund will be about 433.7 million lei (excluding VAT). The projects of transformation, reconfiguration and modernization of power grids aim to improve the quality of services for almost 35,000 customers.

Muntenia Electric Networks will implement a project with a total value of almost 169 million lei without VAT, and the maximum value insured from the Modernization Fund is 131.8 million lei.  The project aims to modernize and increase the transmission capacity of several 20kV and 0.4kV overhead lines in the area of Balotesti, Ilfov County, for the benefit of 15,000 customers. The works will consist in modernizing the medium voltage network (20kV) by moving it underground, effectively replacing and reconfiguring the network on a length of 103 km, in the perimeter of Balotești, Săftica, Magura, Ghermănești, and the area of the Ana Aslan Institute. Under the same project, 89 new transformers will be installed and 40 existing transformers will be upgraded. Also, new sections of low-voltage network with a length of 26 kilometers will be put into operation, which will serve mainly household customers.

Rețele Electrice Dobrogea will carry out in Călărasi and Ialomița counties two projects for the benefit of almost 11,000 customers, with a cumulative value of about 181.9 million lei, of which the value of the non-reimbursable financing is almost 140 million lei.

In Călărași County, parts of the medium and low voltage networks in five localities will be modernized, the value of the project being 106.7 million lei, of which the maximum value from the Modernization Fund is 131.8 million lei. Approximately 7,600 customers from Frumușani, Vasilați, Gălbinași, Plătărești and Fundeni will benefit from the modernization of 37 km of medium voltage network, over 7 km of low voltage, 59 transformers and about 150 connections. At the same time, the network in the area will be extended by over 32 km for the medium voltage segment, respectively by another 8 km for the low voltage segment and four new transformers will be installed.

In Ialomița County, Dobrogea Power Grids will carry out a project with a value of 45.3 million lei, of which the maximum insured value from the Modernization Fund is about 33 million lei. Approximately 3,200 customers in the Manasia area will have improved services following the modernization of the existing medium voltage network by moving it underground on a length of 23 km, and 12 existing transformers and 1,960 connections will be upgraded or replaced. At the same time, 34 km of new low-voltage grids will be built.

Rețele Electrice Banat will implement three projects worth a cumulative amount of 209.3 million lei in Arad, Caraș Severin and Hunedoara counties, targeting networks serving over 9,000 customers. The value of European funding for these projects is over 162 million lei.

In the Aradul Nou area, the project to be carried out by the electricity distribution operator will consist in modernizing and moving partially underground 16.5 km of medium voltage network, respectively of 40.5 km of low voltage network; Also, 23 transformers and 1,770 connections will be modernized. These works will benefit existing and future customers in the area. The value of the project is 86.7 million lei, of which the maximum value insured from the Modernization Fund is 67.4 million lei.

In Caras Severin County, works will be carried out in Berzovia, Duleu, Remetea Pogănici, Valea Mare and Bocsa, with a total value of 74 million lei, of which the maximum insured value from the Modernization Fund is 57.7 million lei. In Berzovia, 65.7 km of 20 kV overhead lines will be upgraded by partially moving underground. The work will also include the modernization of 21 transformers, by replacing them with new stations in concrete enclosures.  In the other four localities, the low-voltage network will also be modernized, benefiting 4,700 customers.

In Hunedoara County, Rețele Electrice Banat will carry out a project worth 48.6 million lei, out of which the maximum value financed from the Modernization Fund is 36.9 million lei. It will target the modernization of medium and low voltage power grids in Geoagiu, Geoagiu Băi and eight other localities: Aurel Vlaicu, Bozeș, Cigmău, Homorod, Mermezeu-Văleni, Renghet, Poienari and Văleni. In total, 37 km of medium voltage networks and 86 km of low voltage networks will be upgraded. At the same time, 33 transformers and 1,700 electrical connections will be modernized.

The validity of the six contracts ends upon expiry of the sustainability monitoring period of the projects, i.e. 5 years from the date of commissioning of the investments.

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