Končar to construct first North Macedonia-Albania power line and a new substation
North Macedonia: North Macedonia’s transmission system operator (TSO) MEPSO has signed deals for a new 400 kV line to connect the country with Albania, a new 400/100 kV substation near Ohrid and an extension of Bitola 2 substation.
Contracts worth $38 M were awarded to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Energoinvest and Croatia’s Končar.
The new line will be the first power link between North Macedonia and Albania.
The funds are secured by loans and grants approved by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Western Balkans Investment Fund (WBIF).
New transmission line Bitola-Elbasan from the Bitola 2 substation to the North Macedonian–Albanian border will be installed by Energoinvest. The contract is worth $18.7 M.
Croatia’s Končar will be responsible for the planned substation near Ohrid and the extension of the Bitola 2 substation, an investment worth $18.3 M.
The new power line, part of Corridor 8, will enable the transmission of electricity from Bulgaria across North Macedonia to Albania and further to Italy by subsea cable, MEPSO CEO Eva Šukleva said.
According to her, the new substation near Ohrid will enable the capacity for the connection of new consumers, both individuals and businesses.
Source: Balkan Green Energy News