Serbia’s Minister of Mining and Energy, Dubravka Đedović held a meeting with representatives from the German development bank KfW to discuss the implementation of ongoing and future green energy projects supported by the bank (4 July).
In particular, the meeting covered progress in the construction of the Trans-Balkan Corridor and the renovation of the district heating systems across the country.
“A new phase of the project encouraging the use of renewables in district heating systems, worth 30 million euros, has also been agreed,” said Minister Đedović. “After Priboj, Mali Zvornik and Novi Pazar, which have already received new heating plants, as well as Majdanpek, where work will begin in July, we will continue the construction of biomass heating plants in other cities and municipalities, whose citizens will receive a safer and better supply of heat energy, with higher environmental protection. Negotiations for the financing of the new project are in the final stage, we expect the funds to be approved in July, and the contract to be signed in the fall. Thus far, Prijepolje, Nova Varoš, Bajina Bašta, Ruma and Knjaževac, as well as Novi Pazar, have shown interest in the new program and by the time the contract is finalised, it will be known which municipalities will certainly participate.”
Both sides also discussed opportunities for new projects related to renewable energy, investments in the transmission network, as well as technical assistance for the development of a regulatory framework for the use of hydrogen.