Montenegro:CEE Bankwatch and Green Home, Proposals for TPP Pljevlja new unit are not in compliance with EU standards

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Inability to comply with the latest EU standards on pollution represents a serious risk to the planned construction of the second unit of thermal power plant in Pljevlje, it was stated in a press release of the non-governmental organizations CEE Bankwatch and Green Home.

These organizations, as stated, came to this conclusion after comparing environmental data, which the Government announced in July, and seven preliminary bids for projects implementation which sent Chinese and European companies.

It was concluded that only one preliminary bid was in accordance with the EU Directive on industrial emissions for dust emissions and that none of the bids reach the efficiency levels in relation to the best available EU technologies. They did not specify which bid is compliant with the EU Directive.

As stated above, these seven preliminary bids are related with the Istroenergo group from Slovakia, Skoda Praha from the Czech Republic and five Chinese companies.

From NGO stress that these weaknesses are the high economic risks for the project due to additional investments in order to achieve compliance with the Directive on industrial emissions when it becomes binding in Montenegro.

“The acceding countries to the European Union, such as Montenegro, risk facing with additional charges if they build power plants that do not comply with EU legislation on pollution, because they will have soon to adapt them. EU legislation on pollution changes rapidly and the acceding countries must be extremely agile to keep pace. All planned energy installations and those which are currently constructed must take this into account”, said research coordinator in CEE Bankwatch, Pippa Gallop.

The organizations state that the company bids, in addition that they are not in compliance with EU standards, also do not even satisfy the standard in China for the construction of new coal-fired power plants. This, according to them, means that all companies, including European ones, offer to Montenegro technology whose use for the power plants construction is not allowed in China.

“Until mow the government has not responded to the fact that the preliminary bids for the second unit construction of thermal power plants in Pljevlje are below the environmental standards, thus allowing our country to become a destination for use of second-class technology in construction the coal-fired power plants”, said program director of Green Home, Jelena Marojević-Galic.

Besides the companies that they cited, the interest also showed a consortium from Poland (POL-MOT, Alstom, and Foster Weller). Engaging in discussions about the project, as recently was announced from the Power Utility Company, announced Rosato from Russia, TBEA Shining Transformer Group from China, the Czech CKD Energy and a consortium fromTurkey.

Skoda was the first in bid announcement

The Czech company Skoda Praha announced yesterday that would submit an offer for the second unit construction of thermal power plant in Pljevlje.

The deadline for bids submission is 30 September; according to the information from the Power Utility Company they did not receive any. Skoda Praha said that had high expectations that it would be chosen as a partner in the second unit construction of TPP, “as the high professional, environmental, technological and financial characteristics are the main strengths of this company.”

“Our experience, credibility and the already implemented projects in the energy sector guarantee the highest quality, especially when it comes to European standards in the ecology area, high energy efficiency and care for the local community interests”, said the executive director of this company Daniel Jiricka.

From the company stated that before the official bid submission, they would present it to the Montenegrin public. Skoda Praha, as they say, is the largest Czech contractor that does all works from the projects for energy production, construction to the commissioning. The company has existed for 60 years and has installed over 40,000 MW of output energy in 25 countries around the world.

Source; Serbia Energy See desk

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