EU to grant 76 mln euro to curb pollution from Kosovo power plant

Kosovo`s power corporation KEK said on Monday it will receive a 76 million euro ($84.2 million) grant from the European Union’s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) to finance a project aimed at reducing pollution from Kosovo B coal-fired power plant.

The project foresees the replacement of Kosovo B power plant's electrostatic precipitator, KEK said.

After the completion of the project, the Kosovo B power plant will operate in line with EU standards by 2021, the corporation said, adding that the EU office in Kosovo is in the final phase of project preparation.

The implementation of the project is expected to start within six months, the director of Kosovo B power plant, Luigj Imeri, said.

KEK has invested around 60 million euros in environmental improvement projects over the last ten years.

Some 98% of electricity generated in Kosovo comes from two old, inefficient and highly polluting lignite-fired power plants, Kosovo A and B. Kosovo citizens suffer power shortages due to insufficient output, aging grids, and thefts, according to a World Bank report on Kosovo's energy sector.

In May 2018, energy group ContourGlobal and Kosovo's government said General Electric has been selected as the preferred bidder for the construction and long-term maintenance of Kosova e Re, a 500 MW coal-fired power plant expected to cost around 1.3 billion euro.