600 MW Italy-Tunisia power link gets ministerial approval

A 600 MW power interconnector linking Italy and Tunisia is scheduled for completion in 2028 after receiving approval from the Italian energy ministry, the country’s TSO Terna said on Wednesday (MontelNews)

Terna and Tunisian counterpart Steg planned to invest EUR 850m in the 220km Elmed link, the first power interconnector between Europe and North Africa, the former added in a statement, MontelNews reports.

This infrastructure “will allow Italy, by virtue of its strategic geographic position, to strengthen its role as an electricity hub in Europe and the Mediterranean, becoming an international key player,” said Italian energy minister Gilberto Pichetto Fratin.

Elmed would contribute to the decarbonisation of the power system and was a necessary tool in boosting Italy’s energy independence, while diversifying its procurement sources, said Terna CEO Giuseppina Di Foggia.

The power link was part of an Italian plan to become an energy hub between Europe and Africa.


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