Austrian company Energie Zotter Bau signed contracts July 16, 2009, to build 16 small hydropower plants in Macedonia.
Macedonia Vice President Vladimir Pesevski participated in the signing of agreements with Energie Zotter Bau, marking Macedonia's first award of small hydro concessions stemming from three public solicitations that began in 2007.
Officials said the 16 projects represent a total investment of 15 million euros (US$21 million). Upon completion by June 2012, the 16 hydro plants are to have total installed capacity of 6.62 MW and estimated annual generation of 26.48 gigawatt-hours.
The Ministry of Economy's commission on hydropower activities began evaluation of bids after completion of Macedonia’s third concession auction, offering 20 hydropower projects totaling 13.4 MW. (HydroWorld 1/6/09)
Energie Zotter Bau won concessions to develop three of the small projects from Macedonia's first auction of 60 projects in February 2007. (HydroWorld 2/16/07) Those projects are 220-kW Location 75, Ljubanska River; 1.158-MW Location 179, Toranica; and 607-kW Location 138, Malinska River.
The Austrian firm also won concessions to develop 13 small projects from the second auction, of 28 projects, in September 2007. (HydroWorld 8/3/07) Those projects are 220-kW Location 29, Recanska; 399-kW Location 30, Dupnica; 250-kW Location 115, Banjanska; 42-kW Location 121, Poboska; 261-kW Location 136, Otljanska; 1.27-MW Location 172, Stanecka; 214-kW Location 258, Mala River; 352-kW Location 259, Golemaca; 194-kW Location 261, Obednicka; 322-kW Location 304, Oraovica; 610-kW Location 325, Kriva River; 244-kW Location 326, Jutacka; and 164-kW Location 327, Kriva River.
More concession signings expected; another auction planned
The ministry said it expects to sign concession agreements with another eight successful bidders from the first two solicitations. It added that a fourth concession auction is planned offering between 30 and 40 small projects.
The government also took pre-qualification applications in June for concessions to develop 12 larger hydropower projects on the Vardar River totaling 308.24 MW. (HydroWorld 3/16/09)
For information, contact Viktor Andonov, Ministry of Economy, Republic of Macedonia, Jurij Gagarain N.15, MK-1000 Skopje, Macedonia; (389) 2-3093446; Fax: (389) 2-3084902; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Internet: www.economy.gov.mk.