Government: Privatisation of KEK will save Kosovo from darkness

Prishtinë, 11 April 2008 – In a meeting held last week the Cabinet of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo concluded that the only solution to avoid darkness in Kosovo is privatising some of the KEK units, Lajm reports.

Prime Minister Thaçi was quoted as saying that the lack of energy has caused huge economic damage to Kosovo.

“Up to know we have worked toward finding the best possible solution. We had many meetings and received a lot of advice. But we came to the conclusion that the advice was disappointing, so we identified other consultants and came to very encouraging results,” said Thaçi at the Cabinet meeting.

The Prime Minister went further saying his strategy would prevent Kosovo Energetic Cooperation (KEK) from swallowing hundreds of millions from the Kosovo budget and the Kosovo budget would benefit from the privatisation of some of the KEK units.

Thaçi concluded that his government will support the construction of “Kosovo C,” a project which according to him will be carefully monitored. He expressed his confidence that Kosovo citizens will have stable power supply within 9-12 months, and reiterated that the Government is discussing the issue of the telephony code for Kosovo and its membership in the ITU.

Kosovo C shrinks?!
According to the Kosovar daily Express the government’s strategy for improving the energy situation includes the construction of Kosovo C, through granting a concession on the current producing energy system, and exploring new possibilities for energy production.

Express reports the government plans to build a Kosovo C that will satiate the country with power supply and will not make Prishtina the dirtiest city in Europe. This means reducing the capacity of this power plant as the civil society has envisioned.

The project for the construction of the thermo power plant Kosova C is managed by the Steering Committee of the project headed by the Ministry of Energy and Mining of Kosovo. The amount to be invested is estimated at around 3bn euros.

Four out of thirty companies and consortiums that have expressed their interest for construction of power plant Kosova C and who have met the qualification criteria are: the German RWE Power AG, the US-German Consortium EnBW/WGI, the Czech CEZ/AES Corporation the and Italian-Greek-American consortium Enel/Sencap.