Albania: Commission of HPP Moglice expected in Q2 2020

, SEE Energy News

The filling of HPP Moglice reservoir began in June 2019 and, in late 2019, the reservoir has reached the level needed to enable the start of testing phase.Norwegian company Statkraft said that hydropower plant Moglice is expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of the year. The statement from the company said that all construction works are completed and the project is in the final process of commissioning.

73 MW HPP Banja, the first of three plants within the project, which construction started in June 2013, was commissioned in September 2016, while Statkraft’s investments in the project amounted to 289 million euros. In 2017, Statkraft said that it plans to commission HPP Moglice by the end of 2019. Devoll hydropower project includes the construction of two HPPs: Banja and Moglice, which should be built in Devoll valley and have combined power output of 256 MW with projected annual electricity generation of 729 GWh, thus increasing Albanian electricity production by some 17 %. The project envisages the construction of the third HPP – Kokel, but the decision on that investment will be made after the first two plants are completed. The value of the investment in the construction of two HPPs is estimated to 535 million euros. The project was initially co-owned by Statkraft and Austrian EVN. In early 2013, Statkraft acquired EVN’s stake and now is 100 % owner of the project.