Montenegro: Accusations that A2A is suppressing TPP Pljevlja because of imported electricity low price

15. June 2015. / SEE Energy News

DPS political party spokesman Filip Vukovic said that the relationship between the administration of EPCG towards Pljevlja and Montenegro was sinful and that there was no justification for their behavior.

DPS MP and former member of the Board of Directors of Coal Mine Filip Vukovic said that the Italian management of Electric Power Industry stopped working of Thermal power plant Pljevlja in the previous days, and therefore the Coal mine, because the electricity from imports is two cents cheaper than the one they get from TPP. He accused the Italian members of EPCG management, which manage the company on behalf of A2A, that personal bonus earned in profits was more important to them than Italy and Montenegro together.

Vukovic said that the relationship between the administration of EPCG towards Pljevlja and Montenegro was sinful and that there was no justification for their behavior.

According to previously published information, TPP is in overhaul and it should be out of operation from April 25th to May 25th, but it has not started to work.

It was announced from EPCG to “Vijesti” that the overhaul had been completed and that it took several days to complete the technical preparations to put TPP back in operation.

As explained, it sometimes happens that the electricity cost in the regional market is cheaper than the production cost in Montenegrin power plants and that it is normal that a company keeps its reservoirs and coal reserves and imports cheap energy in this period.

“In this case it is not the reason why TPP is still out of operation, but the necessary technical preparations will be completed in the next few days”, it was said for “Vijesti” from EPCG.

Vukovic said that EPCG accumulated profit of 170 MEUR, which was largely built in Pljevlja.

“If they had used a part for investment in environmental protection, they would have reduced their profits, but they would have made much better situation in in Pljevlja. Even they turned off power so outrageously to Sport center Ada because of the debt of 40 thousand EUR. Ada is state-owned with 90 percent. The reasons for all this are vanity of Italian management which is more important for their bonus earned in profits but together Italy and Montenegro and so let we add Pljevlja another”, Vukovic said in the Parliament of Montenegro.

He reiterated that the state of the environment in Pljevlja was far above how it should be.

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