State-owned power utility Elektroprivreda BiH (EPBiH) will produce 20 percent less electricity than this year’s 6,655 gigawatt-hours (GWh). In 2022, it expects to produce about 600 GWh less, and output in 2023 is seen more than 750 GWh lower, mostly due to reduced production in coal-fired power plants.
The expected production of EPBiH for this year is 6,655 GWh, while in 2022 the production is expected to fall to 6,037 GWh, and in 2023 to 5,843 GWh, according to the company’s revised business plan for the period 2021-2023, which will be discussed at the shareholders’ meeting on December 30.
Hydropower plants will participate in the total production of electricity with an average of 22.9 percent, while the rest will be generated by thermal and wind power plants, primarily the Podveležje wind farm, the document reads.
Production at TPP Kakanj will decrease by 800 GWh in 2023
In the second half of 2022, the production of hydropower plants on the Neretva river will be influenced by the rehabilitation of the dam of HPP Rama. It is expected to reduce EPBiH’s annual output by 20 GWh.
In 2023, the reconstruction of unit 7 in TPP Kakanj is planned to last 240 days, resulting in a drop of 800 GWh from 2021 to 502.8 GWh.
Production at TPP Tuzla will drop about 450 GWh in 2022
At TPP Tuzla, production would be lowered by 17.2 percent (about 450 GWh) in 2022 due to the revitalization of unit 6, while the plan for 2023 is to increase production by 439.6 GWh or 17.7 percent compared to 2022.
According to the plan, the Podveležje wind farm is expected to boost production from about 100 GWh in 2021 to 120 GWh in 2022 and 2023.
The Podveležje wind farm will provide 120 GWh annually in the next two years
Over the period 2021-2023 EPBiH expects to take over about 518 GWh annually from renewable power plants which have the status of privileged power producers. It is an increase compared to 112.1 GWh in 2020.
The increase is a consequence of the commissioning of new plants owned by other companies, as well as the granting of the status of privileged power producers to the existing small hydropower plants (SHPPs) in EPBiH, the document adds.