Albania, Kosovo Work on "Unification" of Energy
Feb 15, 2008 - BBC Monitoring European
Albania and Kosova (Kosovo) are working to realize
an increase in the level of power exchanges and unification
of energetic systems between both countries to guarantee
security in power supply at different periods of time.
According to KESH sources, unification of systems
consists in the fact that as Albania generates electricity
through hydro-power stations, Kosova covers most of
demands for energy through thermal- power stations
running on coal.
For several consecutive years, power exchanges between
both countries are carried out at normal rates. Both
countries receive and give energy according to their
needs favoured by different generation systems.
But the exchange between both systems will further
expand with construction of 400 kv inter-connection
line Vau i Dejes-Prizren. The German Bank KfW has
completed a study on construction of this new line
between both systems which expects financing.
The governments of both countries have already made
institutional steps which precede the joint projects
in energetic sector. On Oct 17, 2006, in Tirana, Minister
of Economy, Trade and Energy Genc Ruli signed two
understanding agreements in sector of energy with
special envoy of UN secretary-general Joachim Rucker
and the then Kosovar Minister of Energy and Mines
The first understanding agreement includes exchange
of electricity between Albania and Kosova at different
periods of time according to the needs of each state.
The second understanding agreement includes construction
of new 400 KV inter-connection line Albania-Kosova
that will increase opportunities for energy exchanges
not only between both countries but will have a positive
impact on the whole Balkans region as well.
Work for construction of a new line has been projected
by Albanian energetic sector. With financing and support
of experts picked by German Bank KfW, one of the donors
of Albanian projects for energetic system, the study
on this line has completed. On November 4, 2007, directors
of OST (Transmission System Operator) reported that
work was underway to construct the 400 kV inter- connection
line which will connect the two energetic systems
The negotiations with German bank KfW are underway
to cover the cost for its construction with the aim
to start works in 2008 as a line of double value.
First, energy in Kosova is generated through thermal
sources whereas in Albania through hydric resources,
which is a good reason for its construction as it
will help both countries cover the needs for energy
in different periods of time through alternations.
Secondly, this line as part of energy inter-connections
among other region countries will have an impact on
creation of regional energy market including the Balkan
The Albanian government is not expecting finances,
because all the opportunities exist for the 400 kv
line project to be built through private investments.
The new law "On concessions" has aroused the interest
of foreign companies interested in investments even
in energy transmission system. Official sources from
Energy Transmission Operator report that these procedures
are expected to include several international energy
Originally published by ATA, Tirana, in English 1633
14 Feb 08.
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