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Stage of Romania-Turkey submarine cable project, assessed by Romanian and Swedish experts

The stage of the project for a submarine power cable between Romania and Turkey and the prospects for developing Romania's national power transmission grid were discussed by Transelectrica board and officials of the Swedish Parliament.

A Transelectrica release reads that the future involvement of the Swedish companies in Transelectrica projects was analysed during the meeting, in the context of the European strategy on energy and the environment.

Transelectrica and Swedish company Vattenfall Power Consultant AB signed in June 2009 a service contract to conduct a feasibility study, an Environment Study, including drawing up the tender documentation, for the project for the HVDC Link Romania-Turkey submarine power cable.

The feasibility study cost 1.5 million euros, 50 percent of which were granted by Sweden, 25 percent funded by Nuclearelectrica and 25 percent by Transelectrica.

'I would like to voice my gratitude for the outstanding cooperation between Transelectrica and the Swedish companies in many major projects directly targeting the restoration and upgrade of the power transmission grid. The talks we had during the meeting today highlighted the potential for better cooperation in the field of the power transmission grid development and upgrade. The delegation of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Sweden assured us of the availability of the Swedish experts to take part in making the energy infrastructure projects vital to Romania come to life, jointly with Transelectrica experts,' said Transelectrica CEO Horia Hahaianu.

Transelectrica is the national power transmission operator of Romania, managing, maintaining, updating and developing the national power grid including 78 power transformation stations with a capacity of roughly 35,000 MVA and 9,028 km of overhead power lines of 110220, 400 and 750 kV, managed by 8 grid sub-stations.