Representatives of Crnogorski Elektroprenosni Sistem (CGES), the Consortium Siemens-Elnos, German development bank (KfW), and the Project Consultant - Tractabel-SEEC, visited the works at the substation in Herceg Novi, which are to ensure quality electricity supply to both citizens and industry.
The substation in Herceg Novi is just one of 15 sites – substations across Montenegro with the ongoing works that started in the beginning of the year, and which include replacement of the equipment in high voltage substations, reconstruction of control and protection systems and the integration of several high voltage substations into SCADA communication.
To finance the project within which the said works are being carried out - 'Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor (I) - Grid Section in Montenegro - Part II’, the European Union has allocated EUR25 million under the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF), while the grant is being distributed through the German development bank (KfW).
This project is part of a larger initiative of the Connectivity Agenda - Trans-Balkan Corridor, aiming to connect Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina by overhead lines, and further, by submarine power cable, Italy.
Dragan Perunović, Head of CGES Department for development and Project Coordinator: ‘The Trans-Balkan Corridor is one of the most significant energy and investment projects in Montenegro. The first phase of the Project is well under way, with secured infrastructure network (substation ‘Lastva’ and overhead line ‘Lastva-Čevo-Pljevlja’) and submarine power cable to Italy. The second phase of the Project in Montenegro means continuous increase of transmission capacities between Montenegro and the neighboring countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The key benefits of the sub-project are safer and more reliable operational systems, thus reduced rate and duration of unexpected outages. In addition, new high-voltage equipment means extending the useful life of transmission network thus reduced maintenance costs’