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China’s AVIC offers to finance, build HPP Buk Bijela, 4 small hydropower plants

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Author: Vladimir Spasić
Source: Balkan Green Energy News https://balkangreenenergynews.com/chinas-avic-offers-to-finance-build-hpp-buk-bijela-4-small-hydropower-plants/

China National Aero-Technology International Engineering Corporation (AVIC) has expressed interest in the construction of three large hydropower plants (HPPs) – Buk Bijela, Foča, and Paunci – and four small hydropower plants (SHPPs), the Ministry of Energy and Mining said on its website.
Energy and Mining Minister Petar Đokic met with potential partners from China – representatives of Chinese engineering company AVIC. It was noted at the meeting that Republika Srpska is interesting to Chinese investors because of its energy potential, including green energy, which is considered very profitable for investment.

Đokic said that the concept of construction of HPPs Buk Bijela, Foča, and Paunci on the Upper Drina has been changed to include Serbia, with which Republika Srpska will build these power plants.

The Chinese partners are offering a model under which they would secure financing and construction, Đokić said. According to Đokić, AVIC is not interested in becoming a shareholder in the new power plants, which is also not in the interest of Republika Srpska, but is rather seeking to become a partner in the implementation and funding of the projects.

He recalled that the HPP Buk Bijela project has been in the pipeline for a long time and can be said to have been prepared.

The basic infrastructure has been put in place, including access roads, facilities for workers’ accommodation, water, and electricity. Near the planned location there is a developed high voltage network that can take over the electricity generated in the power plant, Đokić said.

He also noted that the company is interested in the construction of 3 small hydropower plants (SHPPs) on the Bistrica river and one on the Janjina river, with an overall installed capacity of 45 MW. These projects have been developed by state-owned power utility Elektroprivreda Republike Srpske (ERS).

The Government of Republika Srpska has recentlybeen given consent by the Republika Srpska parliament to provide state guarantees for loans worth BAM 600 million (about EUR 307 million) for ERS to invest in the construction of new power plants, including HPP Buk Bijela and HPP Janjina.

Đokić recentlysaid in an interview with Balkan Green Energy News that the construction of HPP Buk Bijela will be implemented under the turnkey Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) model.

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HPP BUK BIJELA

In March 2019 Serbia and Republika Srpska (RS) intend to jointly build the hydropower plant (HPP) Buk Bijela. The installed capacity of more than 180 MW, will equally contribute

to the energy stability of Serbia and the RS. HPP Buk Bijela will be built about 11.6 kilometres upstream from Foča. It is planned to be equipped with three hydro generators with

a total capacity of 93 MW, with the expected average annual electricity generation at around 330 GWh. The project would require an investment of EUR 193 million. Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) is currently reviewing the project for HPPs Buk Bijela, to be followed by determining the pace of implementation.

OVERHAUL OF DJERDAP 1,2 HPPS

At the end of 2017, EP S announced its intention to overhaul 10 units of HPP Đerdap 2 over 10 years, to help ex tend the plant ’s lifespan and boost its capacity by 50 MW. EPS and Siloviye Mashiny are cooperating on the overhaul of HPP Đerdap 1. The overhaul began in 2009. In Jul y 2018, the t wo companies signed a contract on the modernization of the A2 and A3 units in or der to complete the revitalization of the entire HPP in 2021.

CONSTRUCTION OF 2 SMALL HYDROPOWER PLANTS

EPS (Serbian state-owned power utility) plans the construction of 2 small hydropower plants on existing dams – SHPP Celije and SHP P Rovni. The project is a part of the programme for reconstruction of SHPPs through the loan of EBRD. The programme encompasses the reconstruction of 15 SHP Ps with total installed capacity of 18 MW. The project also includes the supply of electrical and mechanical equipment and their installation. Once the tender documents are signed, the works will be completed within 62 weeks.