Swiss group wins tender to build Albania’s 80-MW Curraj River hydros

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)

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