Oslomej power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Oslomej power station is a 125-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Oslomej, North Macedonia.


The undated satellite below shows the plant in Zhubrino.

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The 125 MW plant was commissioned in 1980. It is owned and operated by North Macedonian state-owned electric company Elektrani na Severna Makedonija (ESM), and fueled by domestic lignite from the Oslomej Coal Mine.[1]

In 2015 year a Feasibility Study was prepared for modernization of the plant using imported bituminous coal, which would extend the service life of Oslomej "for at least 30 years", according to ELEM. The plant's boiler will be replaced with a variant of CFB type of boiler (circulating fluidized bed).[2] The new unit would be 129.5MW.[3] The upgrade was included in ELEM's 2018-2022 development and investment plan.[4]

In September 2019, ESM said they plan to convert the coal plant to solar. In December 2019, PV Magazine reported that ESM "will begin construction on a 10 MW solar plant at its redundant coal plant in Oslomej after signing the engineering, procurement and construction deal with a Turkish contractor. The utility is planning to tender a 10 MW extension of the plant and two more 50 MW solar facilities."[5] The coal plant is not listed as part of the government's 2040 Energy Strategy of North Macedonia, suggesting it has been cancelled.

Coal supply

Coal would be imported from Russia, the Ukraine or Poland, and would be transported by rail or waterway, potentially the Thessaloniki Port in Greece.[6]

Public opposition

Opponents say the modernization is not in line with the EU's new pollution control standards for power stations and its commitment to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: JSC Macedonian Power Plants
  • Parent company: Elektrani na Severna Makedonija (ESM)
  • Developer:
  • Location: Zhubrino, Oslomej, North Macedonia
  • Coordinates: 41.582133, 21.000288 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 129.5 MW
  • Start date:
  • Type: CFB
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source: Imported (Russia, the Ukraine or Poland)
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  1. "TPP Oslomej," ELEM, accessed December 2019
  2. "TPP Oslomej," ELEM, accessed June 2017
  3. "Modernization of TPP Oslomej," ELEM, 2017
  4. "ПЛАН ЗА РАЗВОЈ И ПЛАН ЗА ИНВЕСТИЦИИ," 2018 – 2022 година, Скопје, март 2018
  5. "North Macedonian utility plans three more tenders for 110 MW of solar," PV Magazine, Dec 4, 2019
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Macedonia is not giving up coal," analytica Commentary, Jan 2017

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