Albania, Kosovo sign power line agreements
Jan 30, 2009 - BBC Monitoring
Albania and Kosovo agreed on Friday [30 January]
to implement two projects, construction of Kosovo-Albania
400 kV interconnection line and interconnection agreement
between two power transmitting companies.
Official sources told ATA on Friday that Albanian
Power Transmitting System Operator (APTSO) and Kosovo
Market and Transmission System Operator (KMTSO) signed
two important agreements on energy for both countries.
The agreement was signed by APTSO Director General
Ymer Balla and KMTSO Managing Director Fadil Ismajli.
The project for construction of Albania-Kosovo 400
kV interconnection line envisions construction of
a 400 kV high voltage line with a length of 238 km,
153 km of which will be in Albanian territory and
85 km in Kosovo territory.
The implementation of the project is due to start
within 2009 and will end after 20 months. The total
cost is estimated at 70 million euros for the Albanian
side and is expected to be financed by German KfW
Bank, while the Kosovo side will be financed by German
government through KfW Bank for Development.
The line will have an impact on optimization of both
systems, enhancement of transmission capacities, increase
of safety and credibility of electro energy systems
of Albania and Kosovo.
Source: ATA, Tirana, in English 1915 gmt 30 Jan 09