A new overhead power line for interconnection with Romania will be built. Victor Parlicov: This is a historic moment

The finalization of the third high-voltage power line will link Moldova’s energy system with Romania’s by the end of 2025. This 400 kV line, extending over 190 kilometers, will connect the Straseni (Moldova) and Gutinas (Romania) power stations. The agreement for constructing the Moldovan segment was signed today in Straseni by the Ministry of Energy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Over the next few years, investments totaling $220 million will enhance the stability of the electricity system and increase opportunities for domestic generation using cost-competitive renewable energy resources. The financial resources for construction are offered by a grant from the U.S. through USAID.

Minister of Energy Victor Parlicov emphasized that just three years ago, Moldova relied entirely on Russian gas and the electrical infrastructure linked to the infrastructure of the left bank of the Nistru. The three interconnection lines with the Romanian energy system will integrate the Republic of Moldova into the European energy market via the Romanian market by 2028, preceding Moldova’s official accession to the EU.

U.S. Ambassador to Moldova Kent D. Logsdon pointed out that Russia’s conflict in Ukraine highlighted how dependence on Russian energy resources threatens Moldova’s national security and economic stability. The U.S. strongly supports Moldova’s integration into the EU, and the Straseni-Gutinas high-voltage line will bolster energy security and reliability, providing Moldovan citizens with sufficient energy during peak demand periods. Additionally, the line will facilitate Moldova’s electricity procurement at affordable prices and future sales on the EU market. The U.S. will invest $220 million through USAID in the transmission line construction, and related projects will enhance stability and investment in domestic power generation.

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During her visit to Moldova, USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Colman stated that the ongoing reforms may be challenging and time-consuming but ultimately benefit the Moldovan people. The new high-voltage power line will increase Moldova’s independence and resilience, enabling it to procure electricity at affordable prices, and serves as another example of Moldova’s integration into the EU. The memorandum reflects confidence in the Moldovan people and aims to achieve the future they deserve.

The other two overhead power lines that will connect the energy systems of the Republic of Moldova and Romania are Balti-Suceava and Vulcanesti-Chisinau (bypassing the Transnistrian region).

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