Kostolac Wind Farm construction to start

EPS expanding RES capacities

The construction of the first wind farm of Electric Power Industry of Serbia has started with the kick-off meeting with the representatives of the company Siemens Gamesa that will deliver and install 73 MW wind turbines in Kostolac.

- I believe that the wind farm in Kostolac will be commissioned in 26 months at the latest. Together with the partners, EPS will do everything to shorten this deadline as much as possible, without jeopardizing the quality of works, but to have the wind farm in the ownership of EPS connected to the grid as soon as possible which would be satisfying for both parties. I believe in what we are doing and this is the basis for the project success – said Mr. Miroslav Tomašević, PE EPS Acting Director at the kick-off meeting. 

Mr. Tomašević pointed out that EPS is stable and that it will continue to be a backbone of Serbian economy and industry development.

The first EPS’s wind farm with 20 turbines with the total of 73 MW will be spreading over Drmno, Petka, Ćirikovac and Klenovnik locations, on the mined out open cast mines and landfills of Kostolac TPPs-OCMs branch. Total project value amounts to around EUR 114 million, out of which EUR 80 million is financed from a loan by the German Development Bank KfW.

Mr. Stjepan Čerkez, the president of the management board at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy thanked for the trust and opportunity to implement the EPS’s project.

- We took this task very seriously and we engaged in the team the experts who have already took part in the projects of similar complexity. We took the deadlines seriously and we are starting the implementation – said Mr. Čerkez.

According to the earlier estimates, Kostolac Wind Farm will generate annually around 115 kWh of electricity, which is enough to supply around 30,000 households.

Consortium led by New Energy Solutions will supervise the project and Mr. Miloš Colić, the company manager pointed out that so far, they have successfully implemented 80 percent of construction projects out of the total of 400 MW wind farms in Serbia.

Representatives of the company SGS in charge of the quality control and a number of experts involved in the project implementation were present at the kick-off meeting.