Is the Network Ready to Take In All the Wind Farms Under Development in Pancevo? – EMS Claims It Is and Prepares the Construction of a New Power Line

Source: eKapija Tuesday, 19.07.2022. 09:42
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As we wrote recently, 8 wind farms with a total planned installed power of over 1,345 MW are currently developed in Pancevo. The question, especially after last year’s warnings, is whether the transfer system can take in that much power.

At the end of last year, Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) and Elektromreza Srbije (EMS) sent a memo to the Ministry of Mining and Energy where they say that including a large number of solar power plants and wind farms in the power system would jeopardize its stability.

Things are, however, different now, at least when it comes to Pancevo. As eKapija learns at EMS, Pancevo is overloaded by the number of requests, but in order to overcome these challenges, EMS AD has included the realization of a two-system 400-kV power line from Cibuk 2 to TS Beograd 50 in its investment plan, which will solve these problems to a considerable extent.

EUR 30 million invested in new transfer network

As they say, in the past seven years, in the area of south Banat, EMS AD has invested around EUR 30 million in a fully new transfer network of a voltage level of 400 kV and 110 kV, that is, it has built two fully new power lines. One is 2x400 kV Pancevo 2 – state border with Romania, and the other is DV 110 kV TS Bela Crkva – TS Veliko Gradiste.

– It is precisely these investments that have enabled EMS AD to issue the requirements for the connecting of the wind farms in the area of south Banat. In the area of south Banat, so far, in the process of connecting, technical requirements for close to 2,400 MW have been issued, whereby, for close to 1,400 MW, the issued connection requirements pertain precisely to the newly built DV 2x400 TS Pancevo – state border with Romania – they explain for our portal at EMS.

Due to the great interest of investors in wind farms in south Banat, EMS has included the realization of the two-system 400-kV power line from Cibuk 2 to TS Beograd 50 in the investment plan.

– In order to improve the conditions of the exploitation, that is, the operations of these facilities, and taking into account the significant interest of investors in the construction of wind farms in the area of south Banat, as well as in the area of the Branicevo Region, EMS AD has included in its investments plan, in line with the Development Plans, the realization of the two-system 400-kV power line from Cibuk 2 to TS Beograd 50, which comprises a part of the Beogrid2025 project. For the Beogrid2025 project, the Government of Serbia has adopted the decision on pronouncing this project a project of special importance with the first quarter of 2026 as the realization deadline – EMS says.

As they say, it doesn’t depend on them when the projects will be connected to the transfer system, but on the investors in the facilities. They nevertheless note that the dynamics of the construction of connectors to the transfer system are harmonized with the dynamics of the construction of the facilities that are being connected, in this case, wind farms.

Who is to balance energy from wind farms

When asked who will balance the energy from the wind farms, EMS says that the balance responsibility of the wind farms is regulated in line with the laws, bylaws and Rules on the Labor Market, that is, that the stipulations of the current regulatory framework in any given moment apply to the balance responsibility of all participants in the electrical energy market.

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

In concrete terms, the balance responsibility of wind farms will be harmonized in line with the current regulation which are in effect at the moment the wind farms join the power system, considering that the balance responsibility has to be harmonized at the moment of signing the Agreement on Joining the System, and as per need, as for all other participants in the market of electrical energy, it will be harmonized with potential changes to the regulatory framework in that domain.

M. Dedic

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