Moldova-Romania Power Systems Interconnection Project

The EBRD is considering providing an up to EUR 80 million senior loan to the Republic of Moldova (“RoM”) to be on-lent to Moldelectrica IS (“Moldelectrica” or the “Company”), the 100% state-owned single power transmission system operator in Moldova for the construction, equipment and placing into operation of: (i) a back-to-back (B2B) High Voltage DC (HVDC) converter substation in Vulcanesti to allow the connection between the electricity systems of Romania and Moldova, namely the European Network of Transmission System Operators of Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the Integrated Power System/United Power System (IPS/UPS); (ii) a 400kV transmission line between Vulcanesti and Chisinau (to be financed by WB); iii) the extension of the substation in Chisinau in Moldova and (iv) the extension of the Vulcanesti 400kV substation (together, the “Project”). The transaction is part of an up to EUR 270 million financing package to be provided jointly with the European Investment Bank, the World Bank and the European Commission Neighbourhood Investment Facility.

The asynchronous interconnection of Moldova and Romania electricity grids represent an important step forward towards the integration of the European single electricity market. This process will allow participation of the Republic of Moldova to the European electricity market - through connections with the European grid (“ENTSO-E”).
Scope of Work
Part 1: Feasibility assessment and ESIA of the 1st Priority Project
Back to back (BtB) station at Vulcănești and OHL 400kV Vulcănești-Chișinău

Part 2: Feasibility assessment and Development Plan of the two 2nd Priority Projects
Back to Back station and OHL 330/400 kV Romania -Ungheni-Strășeni
C: Back to Back station and OHL 400 kV Bălți-Suceava


MOLDELECTRICA State Enterprise


Consultant Consortium
  • ISPE – Institute for Studies and Power Engineering, Romania - Coordinator
  • ICPT "Energoproiect", Republic of Moldova
  • IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden
Duration and Project Category
Category “A” project
  • Planning stage: 20-24 months
    • Feasibility assessment and ESIA of the 1st Priority Project (subject for this document)
  • Implementation stage; 4 years
    • 12-15 months - Procurement process, Engineering & Design, Permitting, Land acquisition
    • 27 months – Construction, including working site preparation, tests and commissioning
  • Operation & Maintenance stage: 30-40 years
  • Decommissioning stage: 3-10 months
Expected Results
  • Inception and interim reports
  • Feasibility Studies Reports
  • Grid System Study Report
  • Economic and Financial Analysis
  • Disclosure Package:
    • ESIA Report (Environmental and Social Impact Assessment)
    • E&S Management and Monitoring Plan (ESMMP)
    • Non-Technical Summary (NTS)
    • Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP)
When financing funds will be available the Project will evolve from planning to the implementation stage (basic & detail engineering, permitting, construction and equipment’s assembling, commissioning and operation).
Key Issues Studied and Mitigated
 The project analysed in terms of technical & economic feasibility and environmental & social impact assessment the followings:
  • 400 kV back to back (BtB) station at Vulcănești, as result of the asynchronous interconnection of Moldova and Romania electricity grids;
  • OHL 400 kV between Vulcănești – Chișinău stations;
  • 330/110/35 kV Chişinău station retrofitting and adaptation, due to the new 400 kV voltage.
Three route options were investigated in order to choose the optimal route for the future 400kV OHL. Based on a multi-criteria analysis - option 1 (Figure 1) was decided as the preferred route for Vulcănești – Chișinău 400 kV OHL:
  • Technical (e.g. OHL length; co-existence with other investment objectives as roads, railways, water streams, OHL, telecommunication lines, pipes, etc.; route accessibility or level of difficulty; investment costs etc.)
  • Socio–economic (e.g. access to land; deforestations; landownership when crossing communities and different productive farm lands, vineyards; resettlements or compensations; temporary impact on air quality (dust and particulate matter), noise due to increased intensity and volume of the traffic during site preparation and construction etc.)
  • Environment (e.g. crossing protected areas forests, ravines, rivers and lakes; electromagnetic fields’ impact; ecological systems, flora and fauna impact; visual impact etc.)
  • Cultural heritage (e.g. impacts on cultural buildings, monuments or areas; by-passing archaeological sites etc.)
The rationale for choosing the present option was minimization of all potential impacts generated by the project (e.g. land clearance and deforestations; impacts on cultural heritage and monuments; resettlement and/or compensation; loss of assets and economic displacement).
  • Government and Policy Makers
  • Regulatory Authorities
  • Local and Regional Authorities
  • Projects Developers and Investors, Financing Bodies
  • R&D Institutes and the Academic Environment
  • NGOs
  • Local Community; vulnerable citizens who could be affected by the future construction and operation of the OHL
  • Mass-media
For further information:
During the public consultation meetings participants will receive from the organizers a feedback form for questions - after completing, it will be submitted to the meeting secretary/registration desk.
Additionally, after these public consultation meetings, any comments or concerns can be brought to the attention of MOLDELECTRICA verbally (by phone) or in writing (by post or e-mail) or by filling in a grievance form. The grievance form will be made available in the mayor’s office, schools, community centres and other public places that are easily accessible for all relevant stakeholders.
Both Forms (Feedback and Grievance) can also be downloaded from MOLDELECTRICA website
Project Manager: Veaceslav Zastavnețchi, Moldelectrica General Vicedirector
[email protected]  
Environmental and social issues: Nelly Melnicenco [email protected], ph. 00373 (22) 253396
Technical issues: Octavian Ciobîrca [email protected]
# Description Publication date  
A. Program realizare EIM
1 Program realizare EIM 07/27/2017 pdf
B. Final ESIA Package
2 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report with Annexes 07/27/2017 pdf
3 Environmental and Social Management and Monitoring Plan (ESMMP) 07/27/2017 pdf
4 Land Acquisition and Compensation Framework (LACF) 07/27/2017 pdf
5 Non-Technical Summary (NTS) 07/27/2017 pdf
6 Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) 07/27/2017 pdf
7 Feedback form 07/27/2017 pdf
C. Preliminary Scoping reports
8 Preliminary environmental and social analysis and ESIA scoping report 07/27/2017 pdf
9 ESIA scoping report (Appendix A) – Map with protected areas 07/27/2017 pdf
This project is funded with support from the EBRD. The content of this flyer reflects the opinions of individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the EBRD


Ultima modificare: 27.07.2017