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Given its strategic and geo-political importance for the entire Mediterranean basin, a detailed feasibility study of the extra-high voltage direct current (HVDC) connection between Italy and Tunisia has been funded by the World Bank. The project is, in fact, not just a strategic project for the two countries directly involved but for the whole of Europe, with an eye to creating a Euro-Mediterranean electricity grid able to connect the North African and European markets.

The project has been part of the National Electricity Transmission Grid Development Plan since 2016, as well as of the TYNDP (Ten Year Network Development Plan) of ENTSO-E. In addition, pursuant to the EU Regulation 347/2013 the project has been included in the third list of Projects of Community Interest (PCI), recently published on the European Commission site.

As regards the disbursement of the loan, World Bank has requested that adequate visibility be given to the parties involved, preparing and publishing the following documents on the website

  • The first document “Stakeholder Engagement Plan” describes the relations between all the public/private parties involved in the project from when it was first investigated up to consultation with the Stakeholders, taking into account the procedures defined by the World Bank as well by the relevant legislation in both Countries.

  • The second, designated “Overview of the Environmental and Social Audit” prepared directly by the World Bank, expresses an opinion on the feasibility of the project in relation to the activities to be financed.

Terna will regularly update its website with information on the progress of the project.