Proger, in JV with HPC (lead partner), IDEA Consult, ELARD and Plexus Energy, is responsible for the preparation of environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) studies and a resettlement action plan (RAP) for the Tunisia-Italy power interconnection project (TUNITA).
TUNITA, developed by the Italian and Tunisian transmission system operators, TERNA and STEG, and financed by the World Bank, is considered a Project of Community Interest (PCI) of strategic importance for the electricity transmission system in the Mediterranean basin and will provide an additional tool to optimise the use of energy resources between Europe and North Africa. The 600 MW DC ultra-high voltage submarine electricity link will connect the Partanna power station (in the province of Trapani) with a corresponding station on the Tunisian peninsula of Cape Bon via a 200 km submarine cable.
The objectives of the project are manifold and aim to optimise the use of energy resources between Europe and North Africa, with benefits for the Italian and European electricity system in terms of sustainability, integration of markets and renewable sources, while respecting the Green Deal and reducing CO2 emissions.
Proger and the JV are committed to the preparation of in-depth environmental and social impact studies, which are a prerequisite for the feasibility of the project and to ensure that all the works are carried out with the utmost care for the territory and the environment, in particular for the protected areas that are part of the Natura 2000 network, minimising the impact on the landscape, the coastal landing areas and the seabed.