Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Kosovo PM sees new plant as "only alternative" for normal power supply

Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 28 August: Kosova [Kosovo] Prime Minister Agim Ceku said today that construction of Kosova C power plant, which is expected to cost 2bn euros, is the only alternative to create a situation of stable power supply, and also positively influence positively the economic development of Kosova.

In his weekly address to the citizens, Ceku said that four to five years for the construction of this power plant are required, adding that this would be a capital investment that would consequently enable the export of electricity in the region.

"Kosova C would be an exceptional investment, and as such it would encourage potential investors to take Kosova into consideration seriously," the prime minister assessed.

According to Ceku, Kosova cannot expect economic growth if it fails to provide continuous power supply to the industry.

"This project does not offer an immediate or magical solution to the current power supply situation, but marks essential progress towards resolving the problem of electricity in Kosova on a longer run," said Ceku.

Ceku added that until then Kosova will depend on Kosova Energy Corporation's (KEK) ability to maintain its current units in function, and also from Kosova government's ability to import electricity.

"Funds are needed in order to make this possible. These funds are generated by paying the electricity. Currently, only 45 per cent of costumers in Kosova pay [for] electricity. This is unjustifiable. There is no alibi for not paying for serviced provided," said Ceku.

Ceku also said that his government is taking ample measures to preserve a stable power supply.

Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 28 Aug 06

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