A comprehensive modernization project of the electricity network in northern Romania has been included by the European Commission on the fifth list of project proposals of common interest (PCI). If approved, it will receive direct funding from Brussels from grants. The smart grid project will better connect networks in Hungary, Romania and the Republic of Moldova and, among other things, will allow a greater integration of producers from renewable sources, according to e-nergia.ro.
The CARMEN (Carpathian Modernized Energy Network) project appears on the latest PCI list of the European Commission, according to data communicated by the Community Executive. The promoter of the project is E.ON, the German company that manages one of the eight network areas of the electricity distribution network in Romania, the one in Moldova. It is also attended by Transelectrica, the operator of the national energy transmission network and MAVIR, the transmission network operator in Hungary, the equivalent of Transelectrica.
Projects on the PCI lists, once approved, receive direct funding from the European Commission. CARMEN can have great chances, given that there are only five projects on the current PCI list
The project covers the electricity network in 6 counties in the northeastern region of Romania but also aims to develop the network (smart, communications) on the relationship Romania-Hungary (where there are increased requests for connection to the network of renewable sources) and Romania-Moldova.