A newly built cogeneration plant, based on sustainable biomass from wood waste and vine trimmings, started its operations in the city of Gjakova, in Kosovo*.
The new plant with combined heat and power system unit (CHP) is supplying heating to a 206,000 square metres floor area of which 55 per cent is residential, 39 per cent is occupied by public institutions and around 6 per cent represents the commercial area.
The facility which was built about 1 kilometre away from the city’s existing district heating network, has 16.5 megawatts (MW) thermal capacity for heating and a power steam turbine of 1.1 MW for electricity, according to the Energy Community Secretariat.
“After 40 years of being reliant on expensive imported fossil fuel, the district heating in the western part of Kosovo is now running on local and sustainable energy sources”, said Director of Energy Community Secretariat, Janez Kopač. “This is truly a good example of cooperation between local authorities, the European Union and other donors and the Energy Community Secretariat. A model to be replicated in the Western Balkans.”
The construction of the plant was financed with around 15 million euros from the European Union’s Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), 5.5 million euros from the Swiss Economic Cooperation and public funds. The feasibility of the project was funded by the European Commission.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.