Romania is ready to assume the role of energy hub, provider of stability, having all the necessary resources, from solar and wind energy to nuclear energy and geothermal sources, stated the Minister of Energy, Sebastian Burduja.
Burduja attended on Tuesday in Budapest, Hungary, the ministerial meeting of the Steering Committee, established in accordance with the provisions of the Strategic Partnership Agreement in the field of green energy development and transport between the Governments of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania and Hungary.
The “Green Corridor” project envisages the construction of a direct current cable, which will connect all four states.
“The ministerial agreement underlines the importance of green and clean energy in combating global warming and preventing climate change, encouraging mutual cooperation in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency and green hydrogen, in order to increase the security of energy systems and the stability of supply,” a press release states, according to Agerpres.
According to the cited source, the expansion of the existing infrastructure for the transit of electricity produced from renewable energy sources to Romania and Hungary, through Georgia, and to other European countries is also supported.
During the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the relevant ministries of Romania, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Hungary regarding cooperation in the field of green energy, in order to deepen collaboration in order to achieve common objectives regarding the development of the green energy sector, including hydrogen production.
Sebastian Burduja addressed the media present at the event in Romanian, emphasizing the importance of eliminating European dependence on states that “used energy as a weapon or at least as a tool of blackmail” in relation to the European Union.
“We are coming together in this project, the Green Corridor, because we all want to strengthen the energy security of the entire region. Romania is ready to assume the role of energy hub, provider of stability, having all the necessary resources: from solar and wind energy to nuclear energy and geothermal sources. This project, launched in Bucharest in December 2022, in the presence of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has the duty to move forward quickly, with the support of everyone. We must act in full coordination with our national strategies and with the perspective long-term. They say that sometimes we have to plant the seed of a tree in the shade of which we will never rest, but it will be there for our children and grandchildren. We are here today for such a project,” said the Minister of Energy.
According to the cited source, the Green Corridor project is on track. The system operators from the four countries will form a project company and the feasibility study will be awarded as soon as possible.
“The Romanian Minister of Energy has proposed that the company’s headquarters be in Bucharest, with the final decision to be taken during negotiations in the next period,” the press release added.