General – Black Sea
On 17 December, the governments of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania, and Hungary entered into an agreement under which the four countries committed to bringing forward a subsea link in the Black Sea.
The 1,200 km link will, among other things, transfer electricity from future offshore wind farms in Azerbaijan’s part of the Caspian Sea.
The Agreement on a strategic partnership in the field of green energy development and transmission, was signed by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister of Romania Nicolae Chuke, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili, and Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban, in the attendance of President of Romania Klaus Iohannis and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
The connection, running from Azerbaijan to Georgia and then under the Black Sea to Romania and further on to Hungary, will transfer renewable energy between the countries and help reach energy security in the EU and avoid reliance on Russian fossil fuels.
According to a press release from the Office of the Hungarian Prime Minister, the subsea power cable transmitting electricity generated in Azerbaijan, primarily from wind and solar energy, will be 1,195 kilometres long and its capacity will reach 1,000 MW.