Four countries will lay an underwater electric cable under the Black Sea
The leaders of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania and Hungary have signed an agreement on laying a submarine electric cable under the Black Sea to supply Azerbaijani energy to Europe.
Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission (EC), considers the Black Sea electricity cable project, which will supply Azerbaijan with electricity to Europe, ambitious.
I can only say: what an ambitious project (of the Black Sea electric cable). It will connect us on both sides of the Black Sea and go further toward the Caspian Sea – both for digital communications and energy.Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission
She said this at a signing ceremony in Bucharest for the “Strategic Partnership Agreement on the Development and Transmission of Green Energy between the governments of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania and Hungary.
Von der Leyen said the implementation of the agreements will help the European Union strengthen security of supply by transmitting electricity from renewable sources to the EU through Romania and Hungary. “A cable under the Black Sea could supply electricity to our neighbours in Moldova and the Western Balkans and, of course, to Ukraine,” the EC head said.
According to EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Oliver Varghea, an agreement between Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania and Hungary on a submarine cable for electricity transmission via the Black Sea (Black Sea Energy) was signed as part of a EUR 17 billion European investment plan.
The nearly 1,200-kilometer cable will transmit electricity from Azerbaijan and Georgia to Romania and Hungary. The project is to be implemented within six years.