New Greece-Bulgaria power interconnection officially inaugurated at CESEC meeting in Athens
The importance of the second power grid connection between Greece and Bulgaria for the Southeast European electricity market was highlighted at the project's formal inauguration on Friday, in the context of the ministerial meeting of the Central and South Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity (CESEC) group.
Welcoming the agreement with addresses were Greek Environment & Energy Minister Theodoros Skylakakis, Bulgarian Energy Minister Rumen Radev, European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, Greek Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) Chairman and CEO Manos Manousakis, and Bulgarian Electricity System Operator (ESO EAD) Chairman and CEO Angelin Tsachev.
Also attending were Deputy Environment & Energy Minister Alexandra Sdoukou, Bulgarian Deputy Energy Minister Iva Petrova, and European Commission Director-General for Energy Ditte Juul Jørgensen.
The second 400 kV extra-high voltage transmission line (Nea Santa-Maritsa East) connecting the two countries began operation in the summer of 2023, significantly increasing the capacity of energy exchange between the neighboring systems of Greece and Bulgaria and upgrading the opportunity for interborder trade and energy security in Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.