Two Chinese Companies Show Preliminary Interest in Serbian Hydropower Plant Project
BELGRADE (Serbia), June 12 (SeeNews) – Two unnamed Chinese companies have shown preliminary interest in a hydropower plant project in Serbia, state secretary at Serbia's Energy Ministry Dusan Mrakic said on Friday.
“These talks are just preliminary, nothing more than that,” Mrakic told SeeNews, adding other companies too have shown interest in the potential project. “We are still far from launching construction, we are yet to prepare a feasibility study on project.”
The planned hydropower plant, Djerdap 3, could have a capacity of some 2,000 megawatts (MW), but it will all depend on the study, Mrakic said.
Serbia’s Djerdap 1 and Djerdap 2 hydropower plants, in the eastern part of the country, have a capacity of 1,058 MW and 270 MW, respectively.
The Djerdap hydropower plants complex was jointly built by Serbia and Romania, and was commissioned in 1971.
The combined installed capacity of Serbia's power plants is 8,355 megawatts (MW). It includes 5,171 MW in coal-fired plants, 353 MW in gas-fired plants and 2,831 MW in hydro power plants, according to figures from the EPS website.
Serbia's power monopoly EPS produced 35,039 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity last year, of which 25,028 GWh in thermal power plants and 10,011 GWh in hydro power plants.
No power plants have been built in Serbia over the past 20 years.