Transelectrica begins work on the Gutinas-Smardan overhead power line project – The Diplomat Bucharest
Transelectrica has announced the start of work on the Gutinas-Smardan 400 kV OHL project. The main objective is to increase the capacity of the national energy system to take charge of energy produced from renewable resources in the Dobrogea region and to transport it to consumption centers in the rest of the country, which has the effect of considerably increasing the security of electricity supply in the region.
The project is part of the National Electric Transport Network Development Plan for the period 2020-2029 and in the company’s investment program. The total contract value is around RON 248 million and the project will be completed within 24 months.
The new Gutinas – Smardan line will have a length of 140 km and will cross 26 territorial administrative units of the counties of Bacău, Vrancea and Galați.
The OHL 400 kV dc Gutinas – Smardan project contributes to the development of the electricity transmission network (RET) in the north-eastern part of the country, as well as the completion of the 400 kV ring in Romania. The objective is included in the list of projects of common interest at European level and will ensure the consolidation of the electricity transmission corridor along the Black Sea coast (Ukraine – Romania – Bulgaria), also part of the corridor European priority for north-south interconnections on electricity in central and south-eastern Europe, for the completion of the European internal energy market and for the integration of production from renewable sources.
The national electricity transmission network requires significant investments to ensure its modernization and flexibility in the context of the energy transition. Transelectrica, as national transmission and network operator (GRT), focuses its efforts on supporting and carrying out strategic energy infrastructure projects and accessing the funds necessary to finance these investments. The OHL 400 kV dc Gutinas-Smardan project is on the list of 20 strategic projects that CNTEE Transelectrica SA will manage as a priority over the next period.