Serbia utility to tender for small hydro in 2008

Serbian utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) plans to seek a builder and equipment supplier in 2008 for the first of four small hydroelectric projects.

EPS told Serbia news agency SeeNews the 2.5-MW Banjica project is to be built for 5 million euros (US$6.7 million) on the Nisava River between the existing 750-kW Sveta Petka and 1.7-MW Sicevo projects to reduce permitting procedures. Construction could begin by the end of 2008.

The utility said construction also could begin in 2008 on the 350-kW Zavoj hydro plant, followed by 1-MW Jezero and 460-kW Mala Vrla 1 in 2009, all in eastern Serbia. The latter two would be on Vlasina Lake and be part of the Vlasinske Hidroelektrarne hydropower complex.

EPS said Serbia has 44 small hydro projects totaling 15.2 MW, of which 13 are not operating.

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