The National Electric Power Transport Company Transelectrica SA received on Thursday, January 26, 2023, the official delegation from the Republic of Moldova led by Andrei Spînu, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development, in a visit on the topic of strengthening collaboration in the energy field, the company announced.
During the meeting, the analysis of the opportunity to expand OPCOM (Operator of the Romanian electricity and natural gas market), a subsidiary of CNTEE Transelectrica SA, on the electricity market of the Republic of Moldova was discussed, thus agreeing the next steps for OPCOM to become the electricity market operator in the Republic of Moldova. The discussions were attended by Gabriel Andronache, the president of the CNTEE Transelectrica SA Board, Bogdan Toncescu, a member of the Board, as well as Victor Ionescu, the general director of OPCOM.
The visit to the headquarters of CNTEE Transelectrica SA follows the discussions hosted on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, by the Ministry of Energy, regarding the development of energy cooperation between Romania and the Republic of Moldova through concrete projects.
The President of the Directorate Gabriel Andronache participated in the meeting at the Ministry of Energy, dedicated to energy interconnection projects, supporting the main bilateral priorities in terms of electricity transport. On the table of discussions with the Moldovan partners were the urgent solutions for the project of the 400 kV Overhead Power Line interconnecting Suceava (RO) – Bălți (MD), as well as the solutions for developing a new interconnection through a 400 kV line. These will be included in an update of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Moldova regarding the interconnection of energy systems (natural gas and electricity networks).
At the same time, among the subjects discussed was the stage of the steps towards the integration of ÎS Moldelectrica within ENTSO-E, a process for which Transelectrica reaffirmed its support by providing the transmission and system operator from Moldova with the necessary expertise to fulfill the compliance steps.
The visit of the high-level delegation from the Republic of Moldova reconfirms the strong partnership and the support that Transelectrica is ready to give to the neighboring state in efforts to ensure energy security.