The Commercial Court of Odesa region returned the Ukrainian section of the 750 kV South-Ukrainian NPP-Isakcha interstate high-voltage overhead line (226 km of power transmission lines) to Ukrenergo. Previously, it was made as a contribution to joint activities under an agreement between Ukrenergo, the Southern Energy Company Consortium (Odesa) and EMFESZ Kft (Hungary).
“The restitution of the 750 kV South-Ukrainian NPP-Isakcha line will allow Ukrenergo to begin work on a project of mutual interest (PMI) with the EU Energy Community on the construction of the 750/400 kV Primorska substation of the 400 kV interstate Primorsk - Isakcha overhead line . It will allow increasing the capacity of the interconnector with Romania in 1000-1200 MW, will increase the reliability of power supply to the south of Ukraine and Moldova, and will remove the restrictions on the issuance of generation capacity from renewable energy sources in the region”, message says.
Estimated construction cost is 226 million euros funded from international financial organizations. The expected completion of the project is 2026.
In October 2007, NPC Ukrenergo and EMFESZ Kft (the First Hungarian Gas and Energy Limited Liability Company) established the Southern Energy Company Consortium (Odesa) to rehabilitate part of the 750 kV power transmission line of the South Ukrainian NPP - Isakcha (Romania) from the Moldavian State District Power Station (Moldova) to the Isakcha substation.
The 750 kV power transmission line “South Ukrainian NPP-Isakcha” was commissioned in 1986 and exported electricity to Romania. Having become a member of UCTE (now ENTSO-E), the Romanian system operator tightened the requirements for the rules of its power system, which made the export of electricity technically impossible. Since 1996, the line has been disconnected.
NPC Ukrenergo has repeatedly appealed to the Consortium, the relevant state authorities, as well as the court to terminate the contract and return the property, but to no avail. Subsequently, the Consortium withdrew from the performance of its duties, and in December 2012 it actually ceased its activities. Against this background, in 2018, Ukrenergo filed a lawsuit with the Commercial Court of Odesa region to terminate the contract and return the Ukrainian section of the 750 kV South Ukrainian NPP-Isakcha overhead transmission line to the company and received a positive decision in August.