Macedonia starts up refurbished 9.6-MW Matka

Utility EVN Macedonia has brought on line the refurbished and upgraded 9.6-MW Matka hydroelectric project on Macedonia’s Treska River.

The Macedonian Information Agency said Hydropol of the Czech Republic refurbished Matka under a concession to modernize and manage seven small hydropower plants.

New turbines and other equipment were supplied by GE Norway, while generators were provided by INDAR Spain. The upgrade included complete automation with remote monitoring and operation.

EVN Chairman Georg Waldner thanked Hydropol for its work on the project, saying the new facility increased project capacity and domestic production of renewable energy. Matka has increased efficiency of 90 percent with flows of 42 cubic meters per second.

Waldner said by the end of 2009 all 11 small hydro plants in the country would be rehabilitated.

Matka, formerly totaling 3.7 MW, was built in 1938 and had served as the sole electricity source for Skopje.

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