Austria utility to pursue three Albania projects totaling 400 MW

Austria utility EVN decided November 14 to submit an offer for an Albanian government concession to build three hydroelectric projects on Albania’s Devoll River totaling 400 MW.

The government found in July that the plan by EVN to develop the three hydro plants was in the public interest, giving EVN an advantage in upcoming bidding for Devoll River water usage rights. (HNN 7/10/07)

The government finding gave EVN a bonus of 10 evaluation points, from a possible 100, in advance of an open international tender for the development of hydropower on the Devoll. Tendering closes November 19.

EVN proposes developing three peaking hydropower projects with reservoir storage, totaling 400 MW and generating more than 1,000 GWh annually. The government previously said EVN’s plan was expected to require an investment of 700 million to 1 billion euros (US$1 billion to US$1.4 billion).

EVN said its proposal is the first concrete result of a January cooperative hydro development agreement between Albania, Austria’s federal province of Lower Austria, and EVN.

Officials seek to develop hydropower among several options for increasing the amount of needed electricity in Albania. (HNN 1/22/07) Long-standing proposed hydro sites on the Devoll River include 80-MW Banja (or Banje), 115-MW Bratila (or Bratile), and 80-MW Upper Devoll.

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