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Bajgora wind park in Kosovo* linked to grid with 20-kilometer overhead line

Bajgora wind park Kosovo linked grid overhead line

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The power transmission system operator of Kosovo* energized the 110 kV high-voltage line between substation Vushtrri 1 and wind power plant Bajgora of 105 MW, which is under construction.

SoWi may soon start producing electricity in a wind park that would have a 10% share in installed power capacity in Kosovo*. The Transmission, System and Market Operator (KOSTT) has just switched on the overhead power line of almost 20 kilometers which connects the 105 MW Bajgora facility with the grid, Kosovo.Energy reported.

Local company Elektrostublla completed the construction of the high-voltage link two weeks ago. It connects the Bajgora wind farm, located in Selac or Seljance in Mitrovica, with 110/35 kV substation Vushtrri 1. German company Notus participated in the endeavor.

Completion delayed

SoWi Kosovo was established by Israeli company Enlight and its German and Kosovar partners. It is yet to finish the facility. One year ago, then-Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti said work would be done by April.

EBRD financed the project with a EUR 58 million loan

Bajgora will consist of 27 wind turbines, ordered from General Electric. The hub height is 110 meters and the rotor diameter of each unit is 137 meters. Annual output is estimated at 320 GWh, while the system is designed to be operated for at least 25 years.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development provided a EUR 58 million loan. The project is worth EUR 170 million, the article said, compared to EUR 157 million on the EBRD’s project page.

Only one wind farm in pipeline in Kosovo* would be bigger than Bajgora

Kosovo* has only one wind farm – Kitka, with a capacity of 32.4 MW, which will be expanded by 20 MW. Bondcom Energy Point’s Budakova system is planned to have 46 MW. Another advanced project is for the 100 MW wind farm Çiçavica, developed by Akuo Energy.

Air Energy 2 recently revealed the intention to install two wind power plants of 34.8 MW each. StubllaEnergy is working on a hybrid power plant of 170 MW, of which 132 MW would be in wind turbines.

KOSTT signed the connection agreement three years ago for the Koznica wind power project of 34.5 MW. It appears to be dormant, just like several other old investment plans. Since wind technology has advanced significantly over the last decade and became much cheaper, old projects became obsolete. Companies that review them usually opt for fewer turbines with a higher capacity.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
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