Development abroad



The Mediterranean as a whole represents a new emerging market of 500 million consumers, and is not only an opportunity for Italy and Europe, but a requirement.

The development of infrastructure (energy, water, transport and the ancillary structures) on a regional scale is an essential requirement for social and economic growth. New areas of the market are opening up to companies operating in the sector of electricity infrastructure, which was historically concentrated in national markets.  In this context, the focus on international growth in the Mediterranean basin will allow Terna to benefit from competitive advantages: 

  • historic and cultural synergies with many countries on the Southern shore, enhanced by successful industrial collaborations in the past.
  • Italy's geographical position: it is a logistical and organisational platform in a central position compared to emerging areas, and can also form connections to European countries with no outlets onto the Mediterranean, given the high capacity for transport on Italy's northern electricity frontier (approximately 10,000 MW).
  • Highly specialised know-how in relation to the design, production and management of electricity infrastructure for energy generation and transport.
  • An institutional, regulatory and industrial base able to support developments in the market (regulatory and legislative framework, separation between transport and generation, certification systems, metering and settlement), which gives Italy a role not only in the potential outlet market, but also in terms of transport to the European market.

With regard to its international development activities, Terna has focused on North Africa, and on some of the Balkan countries – with which the Italian government is currently implementing intergovernmental agreements for cooperation and development in the field of electric power and renewable energy sources.

The expansion of activities in strategic areas is intended to increase the company's capacity for electricity transport, through new interconnections with neighbouring countries, with benefits in terms of the increased security of the Italian electricity system and the diversification of the sources of electricity procurement from abroad, which increases competition on the Italian electricity market, thus reducing electricity prices.

The new underwater electric power line between Italy and Montenegro is the most significant electrical interconnection project in the Balkan area. Currently, Terna only conducts preliminary research in the North African area, and does not yet have operational activities there.