Montenegrin Power Distribution System (CEDIS) has started the construction of a substation in Ulcinj to help ease the power supply problems facing that part of the country’s coastline where power consumption has been increasing steadily over the past few years, especially during the summer tourist season.The construction of the substation with two high voltage power lines of 35 kV and seven lines of 10 kV will cost about EUR 2 million.
The Novi Ulcinj substation will have installed power of 2×8 MVA, with a total of 5 35kV cells, and the distribution facility will have 13 cells, including 8 derivative cells. The new substation will have integrated microprocessor security and will be managed locally with plans to install remote managing from a dispatch center some time in the future.
The construction is being done by the Serbian company Energomontaža AD Beograd which plans to complete the project by the end of 2017.
CEDIS is also planning to invest EUR 1.4 million into new high voltage power lines, EUR 260,000 into the construction of more 10/0,4 kV substations, EUR 300,000 into the reconstruction of 22 existing substations and EUR 200,000 into the reconstruction of three 35/10 kV substations.
Approval to go ahead with the investments into the new substation and other upgrades of the local power grid was given early in September by the Ulcinj municipal council.
The construction of the new substation means that power supplies will improve from some 8,500 consumers across the Ulcinj municipality, including local hotels. Improvements in the power supply will also be felt by residents of the center of the town who faced power shortages during the tourist season for years.
The new substation is one of the conditions needed to increase hotel capacities across the coastal resort town and it opens up prospects to develop a 10 kV power network for both housing and commercial properties.
CEDIS earlier announced that it will invest EUR 78 million in the development and maintenance of the electricity distribution network in the country in the next three years.