Pump Storage in Macedonia - Opportunities beyond 2020

Andonov-Chento, Ilija and Cingoski, Vlatko and Nikolov, Igor (2011) Pump Storage in Macedonia - Opportunities beyond 2020. In: PowerGEN 2011, 7-9 June 2011, Milan, Italy. (Unpublished)

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The need of new pump storages in Macedonia in the context of the liberalization of the market scheduled for 2015, was considered by the national generation company – ELEM (Macedonian Power Plants) which has a long tradition of hydropower generation, having the first large scale power plant commissioned in 1957th and today having installed hydropower of about 450 MW. The pump storage development projects were considered as relevant because of the following reasons:

• Macedonia has favorable topography and geology (from the existing studies 7 PSHPP with total installed power of 2820 MW are identified),
• Favorable position and interconnection in the regional network with predominant thermal power (Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo)
• Targets of Macedonia and the region for increase of the installed power of renewable energy sources with stochastic nature of generation (PV, Wind, Small Hydro)
• Opening of the electricity market planned to happen in January, 2015

Even though the technical feasibility was proven, the past analyses for the PSHPP had led to a conclusion that the Macedonian Power System itself (with annual consumption of order of 8 TWh) is well balanced even without PSHPP, so their economic viability was in question, but nowadays the liberalized market could offer opportunity for these planned projects. In that aspect, in line with the development goals of the company, ELEM in 2010 has financed a pre-feasibility study for one of the most promising sites for PSHPP in Macedonia, namely PSHPP Tashmarunishte.

The aim of this paper is to:

• Give a general outlook of the possible new sites for pump storage in Macedonia
• Present the latest findings from the Pre-feasibility study for PSHPP Tashmarunishte as most promising site;
• Summarize what the emerging RES and the liberalization of the regional market will bring along for this potential project.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Engineering and Technology > Civil engineering
Engineering and Technology > Electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering
Engineering and Technology > Environmental engineering
Engineering and Technology > Mechanical engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Vlatko Cingoski
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 08:46
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 08:46
URI: https://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/7581

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