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Delgaz Grid unveils 49 mln euro power line overhaul plan

Jun 20, 2024, 12:13:06 PMArticle by Alexandru Cristea
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June 20 (SeeNews) - Romanian electricity and natural gas distributor Delgaz Grid, a subsidiary of German utility E.ON, said on Thursday that it will modernise its network of high-voltage overhead lines under two projects worth a total of 243 million lei ($52.4 million/48.8 million euro).

Delgaz Grid unveils 49 mln euro power line overhaul plan
Source: Delgaz Grid

Delgaz submitted funding requests for the high-voltage network overhaul projects, aiming to receive 190 million lei from the European Union's Modernisation Fund, the company said in a press release.

The main works proposed are the installation of almost 1,350 km of increased-capacity conductors and about 400 poles, the installation and the integration into the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system of a Dynamic Line Rating (DLR) technology.

DLR is used to assess the transmission capacity of power lines in real time based on environmental conditions that contributes to optimal network utilization, Delgaz said.

"The high-voltage grid is vital for the intake of energy generated by large wind and photovoltaic farms," Delgaz Grid general manager Cristian Secosan explained.

Funded by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU’s Emissions Trading System, the Modernisation Fund assists ten EU countries with lower incomes in their transition to climate neutrality.

Delgaz Grid has submitted a total of 20 projects worth 3.3 billion lei up-to-date, in order to receive 2.6 billion lei in financing from the Modernisation Fund, as per the statement. These projects involve the modernisation of transformer stations as well as high, medium and low voltage networks, SMART metering, and increasing network capacity. Six of these projects, with a total value of 900 million lei, have already been approved to receive a cumulative funding of 700 million lei.

Delgaz Grid operates a natural gas network of 25,800 km in twenty counties and an 81,500 km electricity grid in six counties in northeastern Romania.

(1 euro=4.9763 lei)

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