Montenegro aims to finish 400kV transmission line from Trans-Balkan Corridor

The construction of a 400 kV transmission line spanning from Lastva to Pljevlje represents Montenegro’s most pivotal energy project. Ivan Asanović, the Executive Director of Montenegrin Electric Transmission System (METS), emphasized that this endeavor’s success is essential for realizing the green transition.

With its completion, Montenegro’s 400 kV ring will be finalized, significantly enhancing the safety and reliability of the transmission system. This development is anticipated to foster economic growth, particularly in the tourism sector across both northern and southern regions, while enabling the integration of renewable energy sources along its path.

METS remains committed to adhering to stringent regulations to minimize any potential negative impacts from the project. While ten percent of the work remains incomplete, expected to finish by year-end, Asanović called on competent state authorities, especially those involved in the expropriation process, to contribute to this complex project’s realization.

The transmission line, alongside the underwater cable to Italy, forms an integral part of the Trans-Balkan Corridor initiative. This initiative aims to enhance energy interconnection between Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and Serbia, while also fostering connections with neighboring areas.

The cluster includes the Montenegro-Italy interconnection project, featuring a new submarine cable between Lastva and Vilannova, converter stations in Italy and Montenegro, as well as the 400/110/35 kV Lastva substation. Moreover, it encompasses projects to strengthen the internal 400 kV network in Montenegro and Serbia, along with the construction of 400 kV interconnecting transmission lines linking Montenegro, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The project’s initial phase, including the Italy underwater cable and TS Lastva along with the 400 kV transmission lines to Čevo, has been operational for three and a half years. Its impact on CGES has led to a notable increase in revenues from cross-border capacity auctions. The construction of TS Lastva has significantly bolstered power supply to the Montenegrin coast, ensuring uninterrupted electricity during recent summer seasons without transmission system-related faults. Alterations in the daily loss profile within the transmission network have resulted in a more consistent pattern, and network configuration adjustments have been implemented to prevent disruptions due to concurrent 400 kV and 110 kV network operations.

To address the increasing demand for transit and bolster system security, CGES plans to invest EUR 195 million over the next five years in further developing the transmission network. This ongoing investment reflects Montenegro’s commitment to robust infrastructure provisioning and its crucial role in the regional electricity market and the integration of renewable energy sources.

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