Italy-Montenegro undersea power interconnector put in operation

Italian energy company Terna has put in operation an undersea power interconnector between Italy and Montenegro, built in an investment of some EUR 1.1 billion. Italian President Sergio Mattarella and his Montenegrin counterpart, Milo Đukanović, pressed the button to switch the cable on, according to Montenegrin media.

The undersea power interconnector links the electrical substations in Cepagatti, in the Italian province of Pescara, and Lastva, in the municipality of Kotor in Montenegro. The first “electrical bridge” between Europe and the Balkans is completely invisible, being undersea and underground (for the land portion), Terna said on its website.

The 445-kilometer interconnector is of strategic importance for the security of the two countries’ power systems as well as for the integration of renewables. Terna CEO Luigi Ferraris said at the inauguration ceremony that the interconnection will be an impetus for an increasingly efficient and sustainable integrated electricity market.