Kosovo’s* transmission system operator (TSO) KOSTT has completed works on the 110/10(20) kV Ilirida substation with 110 kV underground transmission lines, according to a press release from KOSTT.
The Ilirida substation has been built as part of a EUR 5.4 million project implemented in three lots, KOSTT said. The ceremony was attended by representatives of German development bank KfW. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) co-financed the works as part of the Transmission System Development Project.
The Transmission System Development Project is aimed at enabling KOSST to meet a key ENTSO-E requirement
The contractors were Consortium ABB Italy and ABB d.o.o. Croatia; Consortium Hyundai Heavy Industry (Bulgaria), Balkan Petrol Energy (Kosovo*) and Romelectro (Romania), as well as AF Consult (Switzerland) as a consultancy firm, according to the press release.
The Ilirida substation is expected to improve the security and quality of supply in Mitrovica
The Ilirida substation is expected to improve the security and quality of electricity supply in Mitrovica and other parts of Kosovo*. So far, Mitrovica has been supplied by an old and unreliable substation, which is an asset of the Trepca complex, said KOSTT CEO Ilir Shala.
The substation is also expected to help reduce power transmission and distribution losses.
Previously, Kosovo’s* distribution system operator (DSO) KEDS completed two new power lines for electricity supply in Mitrovica upon connection to the new KOSTT Ilirida substation and the Shupkovc substation.
The substation is expected to help reduce power transmission and distribution losses
Prior to the construction of the new power lines, Mitrovica was supplied by 35 kV lines, KEDS noted.
According to an earlier announcement by the EBRD, the Transmission System Development Project, worth EUR 36.5 million, will assist KOSTT in achieving the N-1 electricity transmission grid security criteria, a key technical requirement of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E).