Rehabilitation of hydroelectric power plants Bajina Bašta and Zvornik

Donor: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Partners: Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS)

Project Period:

Bajina Bašta 2007 – 2013

Zvornik since 2011

Challenges

  • The Bajina Bašta and Zvornik hydropower plants were built in 1968 and 1955 and have exceeded their economic and technical life.
  • Without extensive refurbishment and modernisation the two hydropower plants’ electro-mechanical units would suffer from serious malfunction.
  • The turbines have been overhauled in both power plants, and their service life has been extended by 30-40 years.

Approach

The project includes the rehabilitation of the turbines and the modernisation of the electro-mechanical equipment in both hydropower plants.

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Results

  • The Bajina Bašta and Zvornik projects have increased their capacity by 15% and 25%,
  • 460 MW of installed capacity have been rehabilitated in total,
  • 77 MW of power were additionally commissioned,
  • Continued operation of the power plants avoids CO₂ emissions of around 1.9 million tonnes per year (compared to electricity production in a coal-fired power plant).

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