Eptisa carries out a feasibility study for environmental measures on Kosovo B Thermal Power Plant

This is a major energy project in Kosovo which aims to refurbish Kosovo B plant and sustainable generation of electricity in Kosovo in order to improve the living conditions of its citizens

August 25 2016

Kosovo is a contracting party in the Energy Community Treaty (EnCT) of South East Europe and as such it has to implement the environmental acquis namely the Directive on large combustion plants and also has to prepare for the implementation of the Directive on industrial emissions. Given the current state of the existing thermal power plants Kosovo A and B, the Government has committed to decommission Kosovo A plant and to refurbish Kosovo B plant in order to meet the requirements of the EnCT.

As part of this initiative, the European Union Office in Pristina awarded Eptisa, in consortium with Italian engineering company Ambiente S.C., a contract financed under the IPA programme to carry out a feasibility study for environmental and other measures on Kosovo B Thermal Power Plant, which will form the basis for the refurbishment of both units and the sustainable generation of electricity in Kosovo, in order to improve the living conditions of its citizens.

Specifically, the project consists of all activities needed for performing a technical, economical, financial and environmental feasibility of upgrading the Kosovo B Thermal Power Plant to comply with requirements of the Energy Community Treaty including compliance with LCPD and IED, but also related to extension of the plants lifetime and capacity. An overview of the tasks to be performed is presented as follows:

  • A detailed study on the actual operational and technical status of the plant;
  • The proposals of the best technologies of flue gas treatment plants to be implemented on the 2 Units of Kosovo B (recognized as one large combustion plant) allowing the plants to reach the EU ELV (Emissions Limit Values) according the LCPD and IED;
  • The definition of works to be done on the Kosovo B units and on the BOP for increasing their efficiency and lifetime;
  • The proposals for treating all wastes produced by the Kosovo B plant in compliance with the IED.

The project also includes the preparation of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment induced by the refurbishment of the plant.

Kosovo is part of Energy Community Treaty since 2005 and has committed to transpose the third energy package and adopt the EU acquis on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The targets are already set for Kosovo, pursuant to 20/20/20 standards of the European Union as follows: 9% increase of energy efficiency in the final consumption by 2018 and 25% obligatory (29.47% indicative target) for the share of renewable energy sources in the final energy consumption by 2020. The challenge is in the implementation of plans and programs to create the preconditions for achieving these targets.


 
 Eptisa carries out a feasibility study for environmental measures on Kosovo B Thermal Power Plant