July 4 (Reuters) - Italian power grid operator Terna says:
* wins contracts worth about 415 million euros to build/operate Italy-France interconnector for private consortium
* involves construction/operation of the private sector part of the 320 kV DC interconnection project that will connect Italy with France
* consortium comprises a group of energy-intensive private companies mainly in the steel, paper and chemical sectors
* deal is part of Italian Law calling on energy-intensive companies to finance and Terna to construct interconnection power lines to help create the single electricity market.
* interconnector expected to enter into operation by end 2019 Further company coverage: (Reporting by Milan Newsroom; editing by Alexander Smith)