Albania plans to expand its energy sector

Albania pressed on with its efforts to expand its energy sector as the EBRD announced a loan for renewable projects, Russia's RusHydro paid a visit and the government approved a deal to build the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) gas project.Albanian state news agency ATA reported...

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Albania plans to expand its energy sector



bne - 28.09.2012

Albania pressed on with its efforts to expand its energy sector as the EBRD announced a loan for renewable projects, Russia's RusHydro paid a visit and the government approved a deal to build the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) gas project.

Albanian state news agency ATA reported Prime Minister Sali Berisha receiving Wednesday, September 26 an extended delegation of the Russian public company RusHydro, a leading producer of renewable energy, headed by Evgeny Dod, the chairman of the management board of RusHydro Group, according to the Council of Ministers' press office.

Albania generates almost all of its electricity from hydropower plants, but has the potential to further increase its domestic production and become a regional player in the energy market. Rehabilitation of the hydropower sector and improvement of energy efficiency and dam safety is one of the country's priorities.

Dod said that goal of the visit by the Rushydro delegation is to explore ways and propose major investments in hydroelectric power projects given Albania's huge hydro potential, its geographic position and the attractive business climate in the country.

After providing an outline on the completed and ongoing energy projects in Albania, PM Berisha presented concrete facts about projects on construction of the Skavica hydro power plant, Vjosa power plant and other possible renewable energy projects across the country.

Meanwhile, the EBRD is supporting private sector investment in renewable energy generation in Albania with a EUR5.2m loan to the Hydro Power Plant of Korca sh.p.k., to finance the construction of two small hydropower plants in the eastern part of the country, ANSAmed reports. With the support of the EBRD loan, Hydro Power Plant of Korca will build two plants due to become operational next year. With a combined capacity of 5 MW, the two plants will generate up to 23 GWh of electricity per year and help offset over 17,400 tonnes of CO2 annually.

The Albanian government also approved on Wednesday an intergovernmental agreement among Albania, Italy and Greece for the building of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) gas project that will link the three countries. TAP is a natural gas pipeline project that will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz field via the territory of Greece, Albania and across the Adriatic Sea to southern Italy, and further into Western Europe.

"Albania has the potential to become a powerful regional hub for the natural gas transmission to the Apennines, as well as to north of the Balkans. Albania will take the opportunity to use this gas pipeline to build a gasification network across the country and secure heating for its citizens at a low cost," the PM said.

Source: bne


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