Terna to invest 1.5 billion euros for the electricity grid in Veneto
Ensuring greater efficiency, resilience and sustainability of the electricity infrastructure in Veneto: Terna‘s Development Plan involves an investment of 1.5 billion euros in the Italian region. Following the recent launch of the rationalisation of the electricity grid between Malcontenta and Fusina, Terna will invest 190 million euros to increase the efficiency of the region’s electricity system. The project involves the development and rearrangement of 132, 220 and 380 kV power lines in the area between the thermal power plant Enel Palladio in Fusina to the west of the Strada Statale Romea: in particular, the project includes the construction of a new 380 kV connection between the Fusina Station and the Fusina 2 Electrical Station, the laying of 24 km of underground power lines, the demolition of more than 21 km of power lines and 89 pylons, the expansion of the Fusina 2 Electrical Station, and the reconstruction of the Malcontenta Electrical Station. The planned works are part of a larger plan to restructure the electricity grid between Venice and Padua, and will free up more than 53 hectares of land. The works include as well the burying of existing overhead power lines in the area of Vallone Moranzani, as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Terna and the Veneto Region on 21 January 2019.
The Development Plan involves further projects over the next few years: among these, the completion of the rationalisation between Venice and Padua, which includes the new underground cable line between Dolo and Camin, a new electrical station in Volpago del Montello and an associated grid restructuring, the rationalisation of the Middle Piave Valley’s electricity grid, and the completion of the new underground cable connection between Cortina and Auronzo di Cadore. Furthermore, the experimentation of the use of the regional electricity grid for environmental monitoring will continue, as a result of the agreement signed between Terna and the Veneto Region on 18 February. The Group has developed and installed an integrated advanced sensor system in Veneto, which consists of about 500 IoT (internet of things) devices on its grids. This system allows to collect and analyse useful information in real time, thus aiming at improving the efficiency and flexibility of the regional electricity system. The data collected may be shared with Arpav, the Italian Civil Protection Department, research institutes, and local protection and control bodies, with the aim of better predicting emergencies.