Modernization of TPPs preserves energy security

Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and acting director of EPS visited TENT B


"When the whole world, and especially the European Union, is facing problems not only because of prices but mostly because of stability, Serbia has enough electricity, gas and heating energy and situation will not change in the days and months to follow," said Zorana Mihajlović, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Serbia and Minister of Mining and Energy, and Milorad Grčić, acting director of "Elektroprivreda Srbije", after visiting works on rehabilitation of unit B1 in the thermal power plant "Nikola Tesla B".

Rehabilitation of unit B1 in TENT B, with a capacity of 650 megawatts, started on 2nd of May, and the works are planned to last 210 days and the unit is planned to be synchronized with the network on 28th of November. Works are estimated to be worth EUR 90 million, and the capacity of this unit will be increased by at least 20 megawatts.

- In the coming period, we will find a common solution for the economy that will not endanger EPS, and that will lead to a sustainable relationship with prices when it comes to economy, as high prices affect competitiveness. We are grateful to all the people working on the rehabilitation project of unit B1, there is approximately 600 of them, and every day of early completion of works means a lot for Serbia, the economy and EPS, and thus the possibility of importing energy when the price is very high is reduced. All the help and support you need from the state will be available to you 24 hours a day - said Mihajlović.

She explained that better planning and greater investment is necessary and that the state will work on that together with EPS. She pointed out that EPS cannot do it alone, so everything will be done jointly and in a responsible manner, because it is a matter of the state existence, as well as of the economy and society development.

- For the first time in 40 years we are rehabilitating Unit B1. For the past three years we have been making plans and preparations, we have ordered parts from abroad, as well as a turbine and a generator, we are working on new mills and boilers. After today's conversation, we expect that we can shorten the works by 11 days, i.e. that it will last less than 200 days - said Grčić. - This is an expensive project worth EUR 90 million, where EUR 20 million is reserved for a turbine and a generator, and EUR 70 million for a boiler. As much as 70 percent of the work of those EUR 70 million is done by Serbian metal and boiler manufacturers. Every boiler company is put to work. Leading company is "PRO TENT", which was founded in 2004 by spinning off from EPS, when the aim of certain officials was to split EPS.

Grčić emphasized that today's energy crisis in the world indicates that the policy of the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, to renew and preserve every thermal and hydro capacity is justified, and that no installed thermal capacity will be shut down.

- We are obliged to take care of environmental protection and the proof of that is making a progress in building a desulfurization plant in TENT A, and we also started building such plant here in TENT B. Our goal is to move all projects for environmental protection to the largest electric power plant in the Balkans, where more than half of the electricity is generated - said Grčić. - Energy crisis has fully justified the policy of the President of Serbia that every thermal capacity must be preserved and renewed using the most sophisticated measures for environmental protection.

Head of the EPS pointed out that a team of young engineers employed few years ago through vacancy announcement now participates in the rehabilitation, and that their work in such projects is necessary for the future of EPS. Grčić expressed his gratitude to the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia for the visit and the assistance provided by TENT and EPS for the business survival and improvement.