Coyne et Bellier joint venture appointed on major hydropower plant scheme in Albania
A joint venture of Mott MacDonald and Coyne et Bellier has been appointed by Devoll Hydropower Sh.A (DHP) as owner’s engineer for the development of three hydropower plants in Southern Albania which will increase electricity generation in the country by 20 per cent.
Known as Devoll HEP, the project is a cascade of three hydropower plants on the Devoll River in southern Albania. Located at Banja, Kokel and Moglice, the hydropower plants will have a total installed capacity of approximately 280MW and their total annual production will be approximately 800GWh. Development of the schemes will be phased over a period of six years, with generation commencing at the end of 2015. Construction is due for completion in 2019.
The joint venture will review the designs and manage all aspects of the project implementation including construction supervision, as well as assist DHP with negotiation and award of the construction and supply contracts.
Mike McWilliams, Mott MacDonald’s project director, commented: “Hydropower represents an excellent investment with substantial benefits for the population served. Hydroelectric power plants are a source of clean, renewable and reliable energy, which can be operated economically over extremely long periods of time.”
Yves Félix, Coyne et Bellier’s deputy project director, added: “It is a great opportunity for Mott MacDonald and Coyne et Bellier to provide services to DHP composed of EVN and Statkraft, two major companies in renewable and environmentally friendly energy. We are also proud to participate in the development of energy generation, improving the security and stability of Albania’s power system through this important project.”
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