The evaluation process of the bids submitted for the construction of the Back-to-Back Vulcănești station in the first stage of the auction has been temporarily suspended, the Ministry of Infrastructure announces in a response provided to the economic portal BANI.MD.
“One of the purposes of the construction of a Back-to-Back Vulcăneşti station was the synchronization of the electrical energy system of the Republic of Moldova with the European Network of Transport and System Operators for Electric Energy (ENTSO-E). Given that on March 16, 2022, the procedure for synchronizing the power systems of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova with ENTSO-E was completed, the process of evaluating the bids submitted for the construction of the Back-to-Back Vulcănești station in the first stage of the tender of was temporarily suspended”, the response of the Ministry of Infrastructure also states.
As a result, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development, following a joint agreement with the project’s financiers (the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, and the World Bank) agreed to develop a study, with the support of the World Bank, in order to evaluate the technical benefits and economics of the construction of a Back-to-Back station at Vulcănești, considering the current state of the system, the loop flows identified after synchronization and the current market evolution.
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Following the results of the technical and economic evaluation, it is planned to issue the final decision regarding the need to build a Back-to-Back station in Vulcănești by the end of October 2022.
On March 31, the Parliament approved the PROJECT regarding the declaration of the public utility of national interest of the construction works of the 400 kV overhead power line (LEA) for the transmission of electric energy Vulcănești-Chisinau and the Back-to-Back Vulcănești station.
The Minister of Infrastructure, Andrei Spînu, has stated many times that the purpose of the project is to ensure the energy security of the state by interconnecting the Republic of Moldova with the energy market of the European Union, as well as creating a favorable competitive environment on the electricity market.