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Montenegro’s EPCG to invest 3.3 mln euro in overhaul of five HPPs


Montenegrin state-controlled power utility Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) [MNG:EPCG] plans to invest 3.26 million euro ($3.72 million) in the overhaul of five small hydropower plants (HPPs), it said. The company plans to call a tender for the reconstruction of Rijeka Crnojevica, Podgor, Lijeva Rijeka, Savnik and Rijeka Musovica HPPs in the third quarter of 2019,…

3.6 Billion Kuna Invested in Hydropower Plants in Croatia


The national power provider HEP is implementing a large-scale investment cycle that includes 3.6 billion kuna worth of investment in revitalising hydropower plants in Croatia, which will contribute to GDP growth, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said in Ozalj on Thursday at a ceremony marking the launch of power generator B at the Ozalj 1 hydropower…

Germany’s DSD Noell to reconstruct Serbia’s Djerdap 1 HPP ship locks


Serbia has picked a consortium led by German company DSD Noell for the reconstruction of the ship locks of Djerdap 1 hydropower plant (HPP), the country’s infrastructure ministry said on Wednesday. DSD Noell, in a consortium with Serbian companies Feromont and Elektromontaza, will carry out the reconstruction works, the infrastructure ministry said in a statement….

EBRD advises Western Balkan countries to raise share of renewable energy sources


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Monday the Western Balkans should switch to hydro power, renewable energy sources and gas from coal and build more energy links in a bid to cut pollution. “The currently installed electrical capacity in the region is about 18,000 MW, almost evenly divided between hydropower and…

Ministry drafts law to prohibit small hydropower plant construction in protected areas


The Ministry of Environmental Protection has drafted a law banning the construction of small hydropower plants (SHPPs) in protected areas, State Secretary Ivan Karić has told Reuters, adding that the draft will be sent to the government and parliament in early 2019. “If this extreme non-ecological trend of diverting streams into pipelines continues, we would…

Consultant selected to help award EUR 200 million HPP Dabar project


Hidroelektrana Dabar has selected a consortium led by AF-Consult Switzerland Ltd. in tendering to provide legal, financial, and technical advisory services in the process of awarding a turnkey/engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for a 160 MW Dabar hydropower plant (HPP Dabar), according to the website of Hidroelektrana Dabar, which operates as part of Hidroelektrane…

Albania’s Rigolika seeks permit to build small HPP near Korca


Albanian company Rigolika has applied for a building permit for the construction of a small hydro power plant (HPP), the energy ministry said. The company plans to build a HPP of up to 2 MW on a tributary of Shkumbin river near the southeastern city of Korca, the energy ministry said in a statement on…

Hidroelectrica, Verbund sign memorandum of cooperation


The largest electricity producers in Romania and Austria, Hidroelectrica and Verbund, have signed a memorandum of cooperation, Hidroelectrica said on its website. In the memorandum, the parties express their intention to jointly develop projects and implement design, construction, and equipment solutions based on the most modern technologies in the energy sector, according to the press…

HEP Group to invest EUR 780 million in power networks by 2021

Croatian power utility Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP Group) will invest HRK 4 billion (EUR 537 million) in the distribution network and more than HRK 1.8 billion (EUR 241 million) in the transmission network from 2018 to 2021, which will ensure the security of supply for the existing and future consumers in Croatia. Members of the Croatian…

Republika Srpska completes Bočac 2 hydropower plant


Elektroprivreda Republike Srpske (ERS), the power utility of Bosnia’s Serb entity, the Republika Srpska, has unveiled the completed Bočac 2 hydropower plant (HPP), which has an installed capacity of 8.76 MW and expected annual output of 41.6 GWh of electricity. The project cost 21.5 million euros and is expected to break even within seven years…