Albania – North Macedonia Power Interconnection (I): Grid Section in Albania

Albania – North Macedonia Power Interconnection (I): Grid Section in Albania

Project Description

Significant increases in annual power load and several new generation sources added to the Albanian grid have put a strain on existing transmission systems, leading to frequent interruptions in electricity supply to domestic and industrial consumers alike. The existing transmission systems would not be able to cope with the new power generation sources planned for development in southern Albania (e.g. hydropower plants on Devoll and new gas-powered electricity plants). In addition, due to its reliance on hydropower generation sources (90% of overall energy mix), Albania is highly dependent on annual precipitations and thus potentially vulnerable to climate change impacts.

This project is part of the European Commission’s initiative to establish an East-West electricity transmission corridor between Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, and Italy. The corridor is essential in allowing for cross-border energy exchange, more efficient use of existing and planned power capacities, and better load flow balancing in the region.

In Albania, the investments comprise a 400 kV transmission system that will connect Fier to Elbasan and from there to the border with North Macedonia. In addition, a new substation (Elbasan 3) will be built while the substation in Fier will be upgraded to 400 kV level. These investments are supported by a €14.3 million EU grant under the Connectivity Agenda. The project is now at the detailed design stage, with tendering for works planned to commence in the last quarter of 2018.

Project Financing

WBIF Grant WB6-ALB-ENE-03 € 850,000
WBIF Grant WB12-ALB-ENE-01 € 600,000
KFW Loan € 50,000,000
National contribution Own Contribution € 4,550,000
WBIF Grant WB-IG00-ALB-ENE-01 € 14,249,000
Total € 70,249,000
Total Grants € 15,699,000
Total Loans € 50,000,000

Partner Financial Organisations

Western Balkan Partners