Interenergo, the Slovenian subsidiary of Austria-based Kelag, and investment firm Trigal, majority owned by Germany’s KGAL, will construct the 30 MW Gevgelija wind farm in Bogdanci. The investment is estimated at EUR 40 million.
The Bogdanci municipality will get another wind farm after state-owned Elektrani na Severna Makedonija (ESM) installed the Bogadanci wind farm with an installed capacity of 36.8 MW. It is operational from 2015 and currently ESM is adding four wind turbines to increase capacity by 13.2 MW.
Interenergo said on LinkedIn that it signed a contract for the construction of the Gevgelija wind farm in Northern Macedonia, its first project in renewable energy sources in the country, and added that it would be responsible for implementation and be the chief technical developer as it owns 51%.
Gevgelija wind farm is expected to generate 72 GWh per year
Gevgelija wind farm is expected to generate 72 GWh on an annual basis, which is enough to supply 18,000 households. According to Inovativnost.mk, the contract for construction and management of the wind farm is based on a feed-in tariff.
Blaž Šterk, director of Interenergo, said the company intends to install six wind turbines and to make them operational until 2023.
The project will be implemented in a partnership with Trigal, he said.
The wind farm should become operational by 2023
Trigal is a joint venture founded by German asset manager KGAL, and Slovenian insurance company Triglav.
According to Šterk, Interenergo is one of the most active investors in Southeastern Europe, committed to electricity production from green and sustainable energy sources.
The company has been trading electricity in North Macedonia for ten years now, he said.
Zaev: The days of producing electricity from fossil fuels are ending
In November 2020, the Government of North Macedonia signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the energy sector with the companies Interenergo, and Kelag.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev believes Gevgelija wind farm won’t be the last investment based on it.
The days of producing electricity from fossil fuels are ending, he said, adding that the country is strictly following the strategic goal of substituting fossil fuels with renewables.