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EPCG hires Swiss consultancy for gas power plant projects

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July 12, 2022

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Montenegro’s state-owned power utility Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) and SS&A Power Consultancy from Switzerland signed a contract for a study for the country’s first gas-fired power plants in combination with renewables. The plan is to build three facilities with a combined capacity of 400 MW.

SS&A Power Consultancy was selected in EPCG’s tender to lead a study on the development of technical solutions for the energy transition and a preliminary feasibility study for gas power plants.

The Swiss company said it would help EPCG to modernize Montenegro’s electricity infrastructure, reduce CO2 emissions and meet the European Union’s standards and regulations in decarbonizing power generation.

New chapter in Montenegro’s energy transition

The study will pave the way for a new chapter in Montenegro’s energy transition, according to SS&A, which will prepare a strategy for gas-fired power plants and their integration with renewable energy sources, and define solutions for carbon capture and storage (CCS).

 SS&A will prepare a strategy for gas-fired power plants and their integration with renewable energy sources, and define solutions for carbon capture and storage

EPCG plans to build a hybrid power plant near the Port of Bar based on a gas turbine with a capacity of at least 50 MW, with the possibility of using renewable sources. The operator of Montenegro’s biggest port signed a memorandum of understanding last month with Singapore-based LNG Alliance on the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and a 100 MW gas-fired power plant. It said EPCG would be a partner in the project.

EPCG is planning to build a combined gas-fired power plant of at least 150 MW at the KAP aluminium smelter in capital Podgorica. The system should be able to use renewable sources as well. The third gas power plant, with a capacity of up to 200 MW, will be installed near Pljevlja.

Đukanović: By developing a study and selecting potential locations for gas power plants, EPCG is working on cleaner solutions

“By developing a study and selecting potential locations for gas power plants, with a projected total capacity of 400 MW, EPCG is working on finding cleaner solutions, along with the planned strengthening of capacity from renewable sources. The study is the first step and the necessary basis for the realization of that plan. Our consultant from Switzerland has extensive expertise in the field of gas turbines, as well as in the development of renewable energy sources worldwide. For this reason, we believe that with this study we will obtain a unique document that will serve as a guideline for defining environmentally acceptable and reliable solutions to produce electricity in Montenegro,” stated Milutin Đukanović, President of EPCG’s Board of Directors.

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