Mariovo power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Mariovo power station is a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in North Macedonia.


The map below shows Mariovo, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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Mariovo is a planned 300 MW thermal power plant by North Macdeonia's electricity production company. It would be fueled by coal deposits of the Mariovo basin. According to ELEM, the Mariovo power station "will be realized during 2013 to 2016," and "construction of the thermal power plant is planned to be in the same time as the opening of the mine." The Mariovo basin contains an estimated 70 million tons of underground coal reserves. The construction of the power plant was discussed in the feasibility study prepared for ELEM in 2013.[1][2][3]

A public hearing was held on January 21, 2014, on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) study. Extensive comments were given by civil society organizations. After the hearing the study was neither approved, nor rejected, resulting in no further developments in the process.[4]

In the draft version of the new energy strategy for North Macedonia, discussed in early 2015, the opening of the power plant is postponed until 2033.[5]

With no developments since 2015, the project appears to be cancelled.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: ELEM
  • Parent company:
  • Developer:
  • Location: Mariovo, North Macedonia
  • Coordinates: 41.1228146, 21.8051147 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 300 MW
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Mariovo basin
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  1. "Investment strategy 2012-2017," ELEM, March 2012
  2. "Reduction in coal, growth of renewables and gas," Republika, Jan 14, 2015
  3. "Feasibility study: Technical and economic review of lower carbon alternatives for power capacity increase," ÅF - MERCADOSEMI, September 2013
  4. Discussion with Organization Ekosvest, 27.10.2015
  5. Conversation with local activists, March 2015

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