Kolektor in Macedonia officially opened five small hydroelectric power plants
Kolektor officially opened five small hydroelectric power plants in Kavadarci in Macedonia, included in the irrigation system on the Bošava river. The project headed by Kolektor Turboinštitut included reconstruction and an increase of supply channel capacity from the water reservoir on the Bošava river to the irrigation system, an extension of the supply channel to the system of Bošava small hydroelectric power plants and construction of a system of five small hydroelectric power plants. This system will provide water supply for the municipalities of Kavadarci, Rosoman and Negotino.
"The project of constructing 5 small hydroelectric power plants on the Bošava river represents a new milestone for Kolektor Turboinštitut. This is the first project where we obtained concession through a public-private partnership, obtained all required permissions and finished all construction and other works in cooperation with local contractors in less than 2 years. We installed the most advanced electro-mechanical equipment in the facilities that can be found on the market. Recently, we finished the project by concluding a contract for the purchase of electrical energy, which is why today we can officially open these facilities. This is the best possible way to prove that we are capable of successfully carrying out demanding projects, such as constructing a system of 5 small hydroelectric power plants," said Franc Florjančič, Managing Director of Kolektor Turboinštitut, and added, "The project of constructing 5 small hydroelectric power plants on the Bošava river is a good example of a public-private partnership in practice that brings benefits to all parties included. Given the fact that we had good experience when implementing this project, Kolektor Turboinštitut intends to continue investing in similar facilities in Macedonia."
"Kolektor which originally started out in the automotive industry, has been lately strengthening its role in the field of construction industry and engineering, while also becoming one of the key players in the field of electric power engineering," said Radovan Bolko, President of the Board of Management of Kolektor, and added, "Companies in the group put great emphasis on green technologies. We can offer our customers and partners anything from transformers and turbines with the best yields in the field of engineering to engineering in the field of small hydroelectric power plants and plants for drinking water production and waste-water treatment. We are consistently including local partners in all projects. Projects like the system of small hydroelectric power plants on the Bošava river also create new jobs."
In the last 20 years, Kolektor Turboinštitut supplied electro-mechanical equipment for more than 15 small hydroelectric power plants and participated in the reconstruction of 6 large hydroelectric power plants in the Republic of Macedonia alone.
In the Bošava project, Kolektor Turboinštitut entered into a public-private partnership for combined use of water with Vodostopanstvo Tikveš, the operator of the irrigation system and the holder of water rights. For the purpose of implementing the project, Kolektor Turboinštitut founded the company of Hidrobošava in Macedonia, which holds the concession for use of water and is the owner of hydroelectric power plants with the status of a producer of electrical energy from renewable resources.
The concept of the project followed three basic guidelines:
- An environmentally friendly and sustainable energy production from renewable resources in small production units located near end consumers.
- Cooperation with the local community during project planning and implementation and system operation, as well as cooperation with local contractors during construction. The Bošava project provides positive short-term and long-term economic effects to the local community.
- Minimal environmental impact – architecture of facilities is adapted to the local architecture. All line objects were constructed underground where possible and fish passage systems were constructed where required.
Support of the local community and of the Republic of Macedonia greatly contributed to the successful implementation of the project. The company of Hidrobošava holds the concession for use of natural resources for the next 27 years. The estimated production of electrical energy on a yearly basis will amount to more than 33 GWh.