North Macedonia plans a 333 MW hydropower project
The Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of North Macedonia has invited companies to submit pre-qualification bids for the right to operate the 116 MW Tikves hydropower plant on the Crna Reka river, and for the right to build and operate the 333 MW Cebren hydropower project. The new-build project, estimated at €570m, would be developed under a public-private partnership with the state-owned power utility ESM. Bids must be submitted by 3 April 2020. Earlier in February 2020, the government issued a tender for the construction of two solar power plants with a combined capacity of up to 100 MW in Oslomej, at the site of a coal mine. The projects would also be built in partnership with ESM.
ESM currently operates over 820 MW of coal-fired power capacity, nearly 560 MW of hydropower capacity and 37 MW of wind power capacity. The company aims to raise the share of renewables to reduce its reliance on coal.
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