Montenegro: Possible delay of TPP Pljevlja’s closure

, SEE Energy News

Montenegrin Government will start negotiations with the Energy Community (EnC) in order to delay the closure of coal-fired thermal power plant Pljevlja, as its allowed operational hours are expiring soon, said Montenegrin Minister of Economy Mladen Bojanic.

Minister Bojanic said earlier that Bojanic said that TPP Pljevlja is facing a big challenge to shut down in mid-January 2021, two years before the deadline, because the planned quota of 20,000 working hours in a regime with high environmental pollution has been spent.

Previously in October, non-governmental organization Green Home called on the Ministry of Economy and state-owned power utility EPCG to reveal information and present a plan for TPP Pljevlja after the expiration of its allowed operational hours, which could happen by the end of 2020. The statement from the NGO said that, according to the calculations of the Energy Community from July this year, TPP Pljevlja will spend its allowed 20,000 operational hours in November, after which the plant must be closed. Its operation can continue only if it harmonizes with the standards and the Directive on industrial emissions for new power plants, which will not happen even with the planned reconstruction. According to the previous statements from the Montenegrin Government, between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019, the number of used operational hours amounts to a total of 13,809 hours, while the remaining unused working hours remain at 6,191. In this regard, EPCG in its investment plan for the period 2019-2023, recognized the environmentally-oriented reconstruction of the existing block of TPP Pljevlja as a priority project. In June 2020, EPCG signed a contract for the reconstruction of coal-based thermal power plant Pljevlja with a consortium led by Chinese Dongfang Electric Company (DEC). The deadline for the completion of works is 39 months for the date of signing the contract. The selected consortium offer to perform the reconstruction for around 54.4 million euros including VAT.