The Feasibility Study will determine Negotino power plant’s fate – sale or public-private-partnership


The future status of the Negotino thermal power plant in North Macedonia could be decided soon. An announcement for public procurement was published Wednesday in the Electronic System for Public Procurement, inviting bidders for the contract for preparing a feasibility study for either establishing a public-private partnership or potential sale of the Negotino power plant. The call ends on the 22nd of January 2021.

The main goal envisioned by the government of North Macedonia is that the power plant in future will run on gas. The nearby town of Negotino is already connected to the gas system through the gas pipeline Štip-Negotino- Kavadarci.

As the Government stated for Meta.mk, during the past 10 years, when Negotino thermal power plant was not operating the expenses in the amount of 3 million EUR annually for the regular interventions have been covered by The Regulatory Commission for Energy. The assets are used for technical maintenance of the power plant which is also called a “cold reserve” of the country’s energy system.

Zaev also said on Monday that the government has secured grant funds for Feasibility Studies for the installation of three photovoltaic plants with a total capacity of 160 MW at the REK Bitola thermal power plant. The coal-fired REK Bitola is the primary source of electricity in North Macedonia.

TEC Negotino was built in 1978 and is the second biggest electricity facility after REK Bitola and it has a production capacity of 195 MW and a maximum power of 215 MW.

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