The $30 million in financing provided by EIB Global will help Moldova’s Premier Energy Distribution improve the quality and reliability of the electrical power network.
The financing aims at the modernisation, digitalisation and expansion of the electricity distribution grid in the central and southern parts of Moldova, including Chisinau.
The investment will help tackle the energy crisis by keeping electricity distribution losses low, so helping to maintain the affordability of electricity and improve services to end users.
The European Investment Bank, through its dedicated development finance arm EIB Global, backs the four-year programme of investment in the Moldovan electricity distribution sector. The programme will be implemented by ICS Premier Energy Distribution, Moldova’s largest private electricity distribution system operator, which serves about 70% of the country. The EIB finance, in line with the European Union’s Global Gateway strategy, will contribute to the modernisation, digitalisation and expansion of the electricity distribution grid in the central and southern part of Moldova, including the capital Chisinau.
The four-year investment programme to modernise the electricity distribution network is needed to meet regulatory requirements and replace ageing assets that have exceeded their economic lifetime and no longer meet required standards. The programme will ensure continuity of service and improve the quality and reliability of electricity distribution. New metering and telecommunications devices will increase digitalisation.
The loan will help Premier Energy Distribution transform a conventional distribution grid into a digital smart grid, ensuring security of supply and improving services to end users. The outcomes expected from the programme are aligned with EU and EIB policy priorities as well as the country's National Energy Strategy to 2030.
The project is co-financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) via a parallel loan for an equal amount of $30 million.
Premier Energy Distribution’s Country Manager in Moldova Jose Luis Gomez Pascual said: “We appreciate our partnership with the EIB and the Bank’s involvement in helping us modernise our electricity distribution network through the use of more robust materials and cleaner technologies, resulting in higher grid efficiency. Moldova has taken a firm decision to pursue a path towards EU accession. Similarly, at Premier Energy Distribution we have reinforced our plans to improve the quality of service to reach higher EU quality standards.”
EIB Vice-President Teresa Czerwinska, who is responsible for EIB Global’s operations in Moldova, said: “We are pleased to support this timely and relevant modernisation of Moldova’s electricity distribution network, which will boost the country’s energy resilience. The well-developed electricity infrastructure will ensure that both people and businesses in Moldova continue to enjoy a reliable electrical power supply. We at the EIB, the EU climate bank, also know that it is vital to boost electricity grids in order to see the growth of renewable energy, which is key for successful climate action. The EIB supports the Republic of Moldova on its EU accession path and is pleased to invest in its green and sustainable future.”
Head of the EIB Representation for the Republic of Moldova Alberto Carlei said: “The project comes at a critical time when Moldova is facing a severe energy crisis. The financed investment supports the government’s objectives to increase the security of electricity supply, foster private investment and contribute to climate change mitigation. The operation, also fully aligned with EU policy priorities, will cater for demand growth and improve the quality and reliability of the electricity distribution network.”
Jānis Mažeiks, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, said: “We welcome this new loan by the EIB to implement digitalisation energy action plan. The development of a cyber-secure, transparent and competitive market for digital energy services allows for an efficient integration of renewable energy. We are pleased that the European Union supports the government’s efforts towards energy security, private investment, and climate change mitigation”.
EIB Global is the EIB Group’s specialised arm dedicated to increasing the impact of international partnerships and development finance, and a key partner of Global Gateway. We aim to support €100 billion of investment by the end of 2027, around one third of the overall target of this EU initiative. Within Team Europe, EIB Global fosters strong, focused partnerships alongside fellow development finance institutions and civil society. EIB Global brings the Group closer to local people, companies and institutions through our offices across the world.
The European Investment Bank (EIB), the bank of the European Union, is continuing to provide financial and technical support to the Republic of Moldova by investing almost €280 million in loans and mobilising some €16 million in grants for the public and private sectors in 2022.
Investment to help diversify Republic of Moldova’s electricity supply. In a joint effort to strengthen the Republic of Moldova’s (Moldova) energy security, the European Union (EU), the EIB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank are providing a EUR 270m package to finance a permanent interconnection between the electrical networks of Moldova and Romania.
At the Global Gateway Forum, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi and European Investment Bank (EIB) President Werner Hoyer formalised a financial package under which the European Commission will provide an investment grant of €12 million for the EIB Global project to rehabilitate and modernise two key sections of railway line in Moldova. Supported by a forthcoming loan of €42 million from EIB Global, the upgraded railway infrastructure will not only enhance internal connectivity within the country, but also offer a crucial export route for Ukraine, fostering regional stability and economic resilience.