Swiss energy group Alpiq Holding AG and Hydro Power Nord Albania were named preferred bidder in a solicitation to build hydro projects totaling 80 MW on Albania’s Curraj River.
The Albania government announced tender results March 9, allowing Alpiq to open negotiations for a concession for the projects.
In line with plans to promote hydropower development, Albania launched international tendering in 2008 for several concessions for hydroelectric projects. (HNN 1/23/09)
Alpiq said winning the competition is the first of several steps on a long path to implementation of the project on the Curraj in northern Albania. It said a final decision on building the hydro plants will be made at a later stage.
Alpiq Holding AG was formed, effective February 1, by the merger of Swiss utilities Aare-Tessin AG fur Elektrizitat (Atel) and Energie Ouest Suisse (EOS). (HNN 1/19/09)