President of the National Council for coordination of cooperation with Russia and China and former Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic discussed the possibilities of further involvement of China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) in Serbian energy sector with the representative of the company Li Xueqiang.
The talks were primarily related to the construction of gas-fired combined heat and power plants (CHPP) in Serbia. Xueqiang said that CMEC is very interested in the project for the construction of gas-fired thermal power plants in Serbian cities which have problems with high air pollution, adding that the company will closely approach all necessary analyses in the coming weeks in order to define further steps in the implementation of this project.
In 2014, Serbian state-owned power utility EPS and CMEC signed the 715 million dollars contract for construction of unit 3 at TPP Kostolac B and the enlargement of nearby Drmno coalmine. Last November, Serbian Government announced that the construction of unit B3 has started and it will be completed by the end of 2020.
In the same year, it was announced that CMEC is interested in the modernization and construction of a new unit at CHPP Novi Sad.