Serbia: Power utility EPS looking to purchase 516GWh dec 2014-feb 2015

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Serbia’s energy sector is under severe pressure due to the damage inflicted by heavy flooding in May that hit the Kolubara coal mine supplying the country’s biggest power plant complex Nikola Tesla (TENT), which produces half of Serbia’s electricity supply.

Serbian power utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) is looking to purchase up to 516 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity after floods damaged the coal mine supplying the country’s biggest power plant, an EPS official said on Monday.

Bids have been invited for the delivery of up to 148.8 GWh from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, as well as for 367.2 GWh in the period from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, 2015, EPS confirmed to Serbia Energy.

EPS confirmed that more power may be needed in January depending on the weather and natural gas supply.Interested companies have until Nov. 12 to submit their bids, he added.

TENT, which is operating at 20 percent below full capacity due to an overhaul that followed the flooding, issued a tender last week for 1.3 million tonnes of coal to make up for the shortages.

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