Creation date: October 16, 2020
Works to build the 80-km-long 400 kV transmission line Cirkovce-Pince, finally connecting the Slovenian and Hungarian transmission networks, started on 14 October. Supported by the EU's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme, the Cirkovce-Pince transmission line will enable to connect Slovenia to the existing interconnection between Croatia and Hungary, resulting in two new cross-border circuits: Cirkovce (Slovenia) to Žerjavinec (Croatia) and Cirkovce (Croatia) to Hévíz (Hungary).
The works are financed under the 2018 CEF Energy call for proposals and contribute to the implementation of an EU Project of Common Interest (PCI),"Interconnection between Žerjavenec (HR)/Hévíz (HU) and Cirkovce (SI)" (PCI 3.9.1). The €48.2 million EU grant supports the construction of Cirkovce-Pince transmission line and of new 400 kV and 110 kV switchyards in substation Cirkovce, and the removal of existing and obsolete switchyards in substation Cirkovce. The commissioning of the line is expected in December 2021.
The interconnection line, will increase the reliability of the Slovenian transmission network, allow higher market integration, facilitate access to energy sources from the north and east, and enable the inclusion of a larger amount of renewable sources from the entire region.
The cornerstone-laying ceremony on 14 October, hosted by the beneficiary, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO) ELES, was attended by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Janez Janša, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary, Viktor Orban, and by the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, Gordan Grlić Radman.