Albania seeks refurbishment at substations

Albanian utility Korporata Elektroenergjetike Shqiptare (KESH) plans to seek bids in late 2006 for substation equipment for the Albanian transmission grid and several hydroelectric projects.

KESH has applied for a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to help fund US$52 million in substation rehabilitation. Work is to improve Albanian infrastructure and to help it achieve greater integration with European regional electricity markets.

KESH plans to procure:
o Equipment for 220-kilovolt Elbasan 1, Fier, and Tirana 1 substations and control, monitoring, and protection system for Fier;
o Equipment for a 220-kV substation at the 500-MW Fierza hydroelectric project and control, monitoring, and protection system for substations at Fierza and the 600-MW Komani and 250-MW Vau i Dejes hydro plants; and
o Equipment and control, monitoring, and protection system for 220-kV Burreli and 400-kV Elbasan 2 substations.

Interested suppliers, contractors, and consultants are invited to contact the address below. For information, contact Director of PMU, KESH – Korporata Elektroenergjetike Shqiptare, Blloku Vasil Shanto, Tirana, Albania; (355) 42-62055; E-mail: hoxhaf@kesh.com.al.

Italian utility to help develop Albania power system

Italian regional utility AEM Milano said June 12 it had signed a memorandum of understanding with KESH aimed at developing Albania’s power network. It marks the first time AEM has signed an agreement with a company in the Balkan region, an area in which AEM is looking with interest due to its proximity to Italy and its clean, renewable energy sources.

“Albania is a country rich in hydro sources, but with great problems when it comes to infrastructure for production and distribution,” KESH Chief Executive Andi Beli said.

Under the agreement, AEM will help KESH to develop its power stations and enhance the value of other assets. A source close to AEM said cooperation between AEM and KESH would start immediately and would last until the end of 2007.

Earlier this year, Albania Prime Minister Sali Berisha called engagement of the private sector in constructing and reconstructing Albanian infrastructure “an essential issue”. For several years, the government of Albania has been carrying out a power sector rehabilitation and restructuring program that focuses on KESH.

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