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It is not certain that the ecological rehabilitation of first block of thermal power plant in Pljevlja will be conducted

Podgorica, 23.11.2016. - One of a series of concerns which are found in the Enviromental Impact Assessment for the second block is information about when and whether at all there will be ecological rehabilitation of first block.


According to the decision on the approval of OPT-OUT option issued on 14 October this year, first block of power plant from 2018 until the end of 2023 can operate at reduced capacity until consumption of 20,000 hours, and after this year must respect the limits required by directives of the European Union.


For the continuation of working of first block after 2023. it is necessary to invest significant funds in the environmental rehabilitation of the plant. If EPCG did the ecological rehabilitation of the block, which would meet the standards and criteria required by the EU, it would be pointless and economically unprofitable to block to continue to work just a few years after that. However it is not clear the way in which EPCG is planing to consider options for the simultaneous use of the first and second block with respect to the quantities of coal that will be available to thermo power plant.


The Study predicts the construction of II block of 254 MW as the optimal solution in line with available supplies of coal that as stated in the Study were exploited from Pljevlja basin. It is questionable whether the block I and II in the case of simultaneous operations will have sufficient stocks of coal and especially what would be the price of coal if the coal be exploited from Maoče basin. That would entail additional costs of opening mines, and in addition make significantly higher transport costs considering the distance of the basin from the plant.


To remind that according to recommendations by the consultants engaged by the Government for the purpose of proving the validity of this project, especially is given the importance of reducing the existing high cost coal as one of the bases for achieving profitability of the project of construction Pljevlja II.


One of the goals of higher production of electricity would also be the export of electricity to the region and especially in Italy, taking into account the installation and commissioning of the submarine cable. But even here it is not certain whether there is a market for export of electricity, bearing in mind the surplus of electricity that exists in the EU. In addition, we should bear in mind the study of Groningen University and consulting firm Advisory House who have calculated that if all planned energy capacity be built in the region, there will be a 56% surplus of electricity.


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