Bitola power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Bitola power station is a 699-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Novaci, North Macedonia.


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The plant consists of three 233 MW units, commissioned in 1982 to 1988. The plant and Suvodol Mine comprise North Macedonia's biggest power production complex which accounts for as much as 70% of the country's electricity. The plant is owned and operated by the state-owned ELEM (ELEktrani na Makedonija).[1]

In October 2020 ESM said the first unit of the coal power plant will be switched to natural gas within five years. Gas will be supplied from a planned pipeline, as part of a strategy to abandon lignite use altogether in the country. ESM is investing in the modernization of the power plant’s remaining two units so that they can work for ten more years. New solar plants will be built to bridge the power gap as unit 1 is transitioned from coal to gas.[2]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: JSC Macedonian Power Plants
  • Parent company: ELEM
  • Developer:
  • Location: Novaci, North Macedonia
  • Coordinates: 41.05832, 21.484266 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 699 MW (Units 1-3: 233 MW)
  • Start date: 1982 (Unit 1), 1984 (Unit 2), 1988 (Unit 3)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Suvodol coal mine
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  1. "Coal-Fired Plants in Kosovo & Macedonia," Industcards, accessed April 2016
  2. "North Macedonia to shut REK Bitola coal plant unit in five years, turn to gas". Balkan Green Energy News. 2020-10-20. Retrieved 2020-10-21.

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