Serbia, CHPP Pancevo entered commercial operation

, News Serbia Energy

Serbian oil company NIS, majority owned by Russian GazpromNeft, announced that combined heat and power (CHP) plant Pancevo has entered commercial operation, with all produced electricity being transferred to the national electricity system, thus contributing to Serbia’s energy security.

Annual electricity generation of CHPP Pancevo should be around 1,400 GWh, enough to cover the demand of some 300,000 households in Serbia.

CHPP Pancevo is the first gas-steam power plant in Serbia, intended for the combined production of electricity and thermal energy based on natural gas, one of the most ecologically clean fuels. The total installed capacity of CHPP Pancevo is 189 MW. The main equipment of the power plant includes two gas turbines with generators, two boilers-utilizers and one steam turbine with a generator.

The technology used at the plant enables a more efficient use of fuel compared to the separate production of heat and electricity. Savings in fuel consumption significantly reduces the emission of harmful gases per unit of energy produced, and this reduction can reach up to 50 % in relation to the emissions that would occur in the case of separate production of heat and electricity reduced per unit of energy produced.

In 2015, Serbian oil company NIS, majority owned by Russian GazpromNeft, has signed an agreement with Gazprom Energoholding, a part of Gazprom Group, on the establishment of joint company for the construction of thermal power plant near Pancevo. In October 2017, NIS signed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract on a turnkey basis worth 180 million euros with Shanghai Electric Group. The construction of CHPP Pancevo has officially started in March 2019.