Terna commences consultations for Italy and Tunisia interconnection

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 Terna has launched a Public Priority Consultation Plan for the underground segment of Italy-Tunisia interconnector. In consultations lasting 8 weeks, the residents will be able to communicate directly with Terna’s technical team and convey their opinion about the two proposed routes for the underground cable.

600 MW interconnection between Italy and Tunisia will connect the Partanna electricity station with a corresponding station in the Tunisian peninsula of Capo Bon. The HVDC connection will be inserted into the national electricity grid through a DC to AC electricity converter substation. This will be built away from the town, next to the existing electricity station in Partanna. From Partanna to the coast, there will be an underground cable running along existing road routes, having no visual impact on environment, landscape and coastal landing areas.

The two route options include: a path starting from the Partanna converter substation, leading to Torretta Granitola on the coast of Campobello di Mazara, after about 34 km; and the other path option leads to Marinella di Selinunte in the Municipality of Castelvetrano, after about 16 km.

Terna has also organised three virtual meetings with the municipalities of Castelvetrano, Campobello di Mazara and Partanna, on 30 September, 1 and 2 October respectively. These are the three communities in the Trapano province, which might get affected by the underground cables.

The 200 km long submarine cable project is included in Terna’s development plan 2015- 2029, and TYNDP plans from 2016 to 2020. The project is scheduled to complete by 2027.

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