Creation date: April 29, 2015
INEA has signed the first 15 Connecting Europe facility (CEF) grant agreements to support projects improving trans-European electricity and gas infrastructure. 34 projects worth €648 million in total EU contribution have been selected under the 2014 CEF Energy call for proposals.
The projects aim to upgrade the existing and develop new energy transmission infrastructures of European importance in order to match future demand for energy, ensure security of supply, as well as support large-scale deployment of energy from renewable sources.
Each of the selected projects contributes to the implementation of a Project of Common Interest (PCI), which are pre-identified pan-European key energy infrastructure projects. 248 PCIs have been selected for the period 2013-2015.
ElecLink, part of the PCI on electricity interconnection between France and United Kingdom, will complete a set of studies required to launch the construction. The EU contribution of €1.7 million will cover half of the costs of these studies.
The project 'Front End Engineering Design (FEED) & preparation of the EPC/ITT dossier' (€1.8 million in EU contribution) will prepare the design, as well as the technical and administrative part for the launch of works to construct a new offshore LNG facility in Greece and connect it to the national natural gas transmission system.
The project 'Studies and pre-investment works for projects: Internal lines Maritsa East-Burgas, Maritsa East-Maritsa East 3 and Maritsa East-Plovdiv' will receive €279,000 to prepare the documentation for the final investment decision on three internal electricity lines in Bulgaria.
Please have a look at the project pages for more details. The list of projects is updated every time a new grant agreement is signed.
The projects were selected through a competitive call for proposals with the assistance of external experts. 68 project proposals for a total amount of € 1.6 billion were submitted for this call.