Serbia, Is the network ready to accept all the wind farms that are under development in Pancevo?

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As we wrote recently, 8 wind farms with a total planned installed power of more than 1,345 MW are currently being developed in Pančevo. The question that arises, especially after last year’s warnings, is whether the transmission system can handle that much power.

At the end of last year, Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) and Elektromreza Srbije (EMS) sent a letter to the Ministry of Mining and Energy stating that the inclusion of a large number of solar power plants and wind farms in the power system will threaten its stability.

Now, however, the story is different, at least for Pančevo. As eKapija learns from EMS, Pančevo is overloaded with the number of requests, but in order to overcome these challenges, EMS AD included in the investment plan the realization of a two-system transmission line 400 kV from Čibuk 2 to TS Beograd 50, which will significantly solve these problems.

EUR 30 million invested in the new transmission network

As they say, in the last seven years, in the area of ​​southern Banat, EMS AD has invested around EUR 30 million in a completely new transmission network of 400 kV and 110 kV voltage level, that is, it has built two completely new transmission lines. One is 2×400 kV Pancevo 2 – state border with Romania, and the other is DV 110 kV TS Bela Crkva – TS Veliko Gradište.

– It was these investments that made it possible for EMS AD to issue conditions for the connection of wind farms in the area of ​​southern Banat. In the area of ​​southern Banat, until now, in the process of connection, technical conditions have been issued for approximately 2,400 MW, whereby for approximately 1,400 MW, connection conditions have been issued precisely to the newly built DV 2×400 TS Pancevo – the state border with Romania – explained for our portal in EMS- in

Due to the great interest of wind farm investors in southern Banat, EMS included in the investment plan the realization of a two-system transmission line 400 kV from Čibuk 2 to TS Beograd 50.

– In order to improve the conditions of exploitation, i.e. operational work of these facilities, and taking into account the significant interest of investors in the construction of wind farms in the area of ​​southern Banat, as well as in the area of ​​the Braničevo region, EMS AD, in accordance with the Development Plans, included in the investment plan the realization of a two-system transmission line of 400 kV from Čibuk 2 to TS Beograd 50, which is part of the Beogrid2025 project. For the Beogrid2025 project, the Government of the RS has made a decision to declare this project a Project of special importance with a deadline for implementation in the first quarter of 2026 – say the EMS.

As they state, when the projects will be connected to the transmission system, it does not depend on them, but on the investors of the facilities. They note, however, that the dynamics of the construction of connections to the transmission system is coordinated with the dynamics of the construction of the buildings that are connected, in this case, wind farms.

Who will balance the energy from the wind farms

To the question of who will balance the energy from wind farms, the EMS responds that the balancing responsibility of wind farms is regulated in accordance with laws, by-laws and the Rules on Market Operation, i.e. that the provisions of the current regulatory framework are applied to the balancing responsibility of all participants in the electricity market. moment.

– The regulatory framework is subject to changes in accordance with development and best practice in this branch of industry, as well as the obligations of the Republic of Serbia to harmonize the legal framework in the field of energy with the regulations of the European Union, which the European Commission adopted as part of the Clean Energy Package, and which it transposed or will be transposed by the Energy Community.

In particular, the balance liability of wind farms will be regulated in accordance with the valid regulations that are in force at the time of access of the wind farms to the electricity system, considering that it must be regulated at the time of concluding the Agreement on access to the system, and if necessary, as for all others participants in the electricity market, to harmonize with possible changes in the regulatory framework in that domain, eKapija writes.