Excerpt from report by Salie Gajtani: "Kosovo in dark, Serbia blocks power from export", published by Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore on 18 October
Prishtina [Pristina], 17 October: The evident lack of power in Kosova [Kosovo] on Sunday and Monday [ 16-17 October], which resulted in power cuts of three hours on and three hours off, was not only a consequence of the breakdown at the B2 power plant, but also a consequence of Serbia's obstacles to the system of importing electricity from the countries in the region.
The Irish management officials at the KEK [Kosova Power Corporation] have said they have decided to make public the obstacles that EPS (Elektro Priveda Srbije [Serbian Power Industry]) has been making to the power transmission system, as these obstacles affect both the import and export of power in Kosova. Serbia has also refused to pay the internationally set tariffs when it sends electricity to other countries of the region through Kosova.
KEK Commercial Director Sean McGoldrick told Koha Ditore that there are two things that the EPS has been doing wrong. "The EPS has been preventing even other neighbour countries from selling electricity to Kosova, and has been interfering in the KEK's affairs by blocking it from buying energy that is cheaper than the electricity that Serbia offers. Serbia has also been sending its electricity to Greece through Kosova, and it does not pay any tariffs for that," he said.
Meanwhile, no one from the EPS was willing to comment on these accusations under the excuse that company spokesperson Momcilo Cebalovic was not at his workplace on Monday [17 October]. Despite Koha Ditore's insistence throughout Monday to get an answer by telephone, people on the other side of the line kept saying, "Only spokesperson Cebalovic can give an answer to this question."
Officials from the Kosova Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) have said that even though they do not manage the KEK, they will undertake all the necessary measures to resolve this problem. They also blamed the bosses of the ESBI Irish company that manages the KEK for this situation.
MEM Deputy Minister Agron Dida said the ESBI failed to make the necessary preparations on time for the import of energy. "Usually these things are done on time, and we need to have yearly strategic contracts, and not monthly, as the KEK has been doing," said Dida. "This is what the law says," he added. [passage omitted]
Source: Koha Ditore, Pristina, in Albanian 18 Oct 05 p 5