The Swiss Government will donate EUR 1,2 million and CHF 500.000 to Serbia for the construction of a combined heat and power plant (CHP) in Padinska Skela, which will be fueled by biomass.
An annex to the agreement on the construction of the plant was signed by the Serbian Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antić, Belgrade Mayor Siniša Mali and the Swiss Ambassador Philippe Guex.
Antić said that the additional funds will facilitate the construction of the cogeneration plant, which is one of the three phases of the project. The total value of the project is EUR 10 million and the completion is expected by 2018.
The minister said that Serbia has an obligation to the EU to reach 27 percent of total energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020, and to save about 8 percent of energy by 2018. compared to the consumption in 2008. Renewables are currently participating in energy consumption with 23,12 percent, mainly due to large hydropower plants, while the energy savings achieved so far are at about 4,4 percent.
He said that the project is comprised of three segments – constructing a CHP plant, building a heat distribution pipeline, and the energy rehabilitation of Primary School Olga Petrov and Dr. Laza Lazarević Hospital. Antić confirmed that the energy rehabilitation of the school has been completed, and that the rehabilitation of the hospital is expected in the first half of this year, while all of the conditions have been met for the construction of the CHP plant.
Mayor Siniša Mali said that Belgrade will invest EUR 1,5 million in the construction of the heat distribution pipeline adding that another project aims to build a CHP plant for the production of electricity and heat from waste in Vinča.
“We expect the partner company, which will work on the facility together with the City, to be selected in the next few months. The value of the project is EUR 300 million”, said Mali.
He said that seven boiler rooms were shut down in Belgrade last year, and that all of them will be shut down by 2022. Also, in the next few months Belgrade will become the first local government that will establish a fund for improving energy efficiency.
Swiss Ambassador Philippe Guex said that Switzerland supports projects in Serbia that are dealing with energy efficiency, economic development and education.