The agreement on the grant for the realization of the fourth section of Trans-Balkan Corridor was signed by the Minister of Mining and Energy Dubravka Djedovic, Minister of European Integrations Tanja Miscevic, Director of electricity transmission system operator EMS Jelena Matejic and the Director of Belgrade office of German KfW Bank Rudiger Hartmann.
The grant for the construction of the fourth section in the length of 83 kilometers is worth 8.5 million euros. The sections runs from Bajina Basta to the border with Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Minister Djedovic said that this is another important step towards increasing energy stability and security of electricity supply in western and central Serbia. The new 83 kilometers of transmission lines will make the network more stable and secure, while at the same time enabling greater integration of renewable energy sources. The Trans-Balkan Corridor is a project that puts Serbia back on the map of Europe’s energy corridors, transforming it to a transit country.
The first phase of the Trans-Balkan project in Serbia included the construction of a double-circuit 400 kV transmission line from Pancevo to Romanian border, which was completed in December 2017 and was entirely financed by EMS. The third phase envisages the construction of a 109 kilometers-long 400 kV transmission line from Bajina Basta to Obrenovac, the upgrade of Bajina Basta substation’s capacity to 400 kV, and the overhaul of the Obrenovac substation. The fourth phase will include the construction of 400 kV transmission line linking Bajina Basta to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
The entire Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor, should link Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Romania via a 400 kV transmission line and Montenegro and Italy via an undersea cable. Initially, it was expected that the Corridor will be operational by the end of 2022.