Electricity

North Macedonia starts construction of first power link with Albania

North Macedonia starts construction of first power link with Albania

Photo: Government of North Macedonia

Published

August 30, 2021

Country

Comments

0

Share

Published:

August 30, 2021

Country:

Comments:

0

Share

North Macedonia has started the construction of the 400 kV power link Bitola-Elbasan, the first with Albania. Albania is the only neighboring country with which North Macedonia didn’t have such a connection.

The construction of the Bitola-Elbasan power line, with a total length of 97.4 kilometers, has started with the construction of the new 400/100 kV substation near Ohrid.

North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that with the EUR 50 million investment, the East-West electricity corridor will be put into full function, enabling the transit of electricity from Bulgaria, through North Macedonia and Albania to Italy.

The power link is is scheduled to go online in 2023

The power link will complete energy Corridor 8, a segment of a much larger project that includes the use of energy resources from the Caucasus region and from Central Asia and their transfer to the Balkans.

In February 2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Energoinvest and Croatia’s Končar were awarded by North Macedonia’s transmission system operator (TSO) MEPSO with contracts worth EUR 35 million for the power link. The two companies will install a new 400 kV line to connect the country with Albania, a new 400/100 kV substation near Ohrid and an extension of Bitola 2 substation.

It is the largest investment in the transmission network in the country, which is scheduled to go online in 2023, Zaev said.

Zaev said North Macedonia has five 400 kV power links: two with Greece and one with Serbia, Kosovo* and Bulgaria, and that the new one will complete the connection with electricity transmission systems of all neighboring countries.

COVID-19 restrictions didn’t slow down preparations

MEPSO Director Kuštrim Ramadani noted the investment is financed by a EUR 12 million grant from the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF), an EUR 37 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and MEPSO’s own funds.

Despite the difficult conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, MEPSO managed to start the major project with a delay of only a few weeks, Ramadani pointed out.

The investment will contribute to the regional integration of the energy markets

Minister of Economy Krešnik Bekteši said the Bitola-Elbasan power line will contribute to the regional integration of the energy markets. It will improve the security of electricity supply, and increase electricity price competitiveness, he added.

Ilir Bejta, Albania’s Deputy Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said the capital project creates opportunities for new investments.

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment
Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

Romania coal power plant first small nuclear reactor in Europe nuclearelectrica nuscale

Romania picks site of old coal power plant for first small nuclear reactor in Europe

25 May 2022 - The site was chosen as a result of an agreement between Romania's Nuclearelectrica and US-based NuScale Power

Romania, Serbia held talks on pumped-storage HPP Đerdap 3, closer energy ties

Romania, Serbia in talks on pumped storage hydropower Đerdap 3, energy cooperation

25 May 2022 - Two energy ministers met in Bucharest after a roundtable organized by the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy and Climate Cooperation

Greece preparing rolling power outages Russia cuts off gas

Greece preparing for rolling power outages if Russia cuts off gas

24 May 2022 - If Russia stops delivering gas, Greece intends to impose rotating blackouts for energy-intensive industries

Slovenia controversial hydropower Mokrice energy crisis

Slovenia backs controversial hydropower project Mokrice amid energy crisis

23 May 2022 - The Government of Slovenia said the public interest outweighs nature conservation in the case of HESS's hydropower project in Mokrice