Oslomej power station

From Global Energy Monitor

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

Location

The undated satellite below shows the plant in Zhubrino.

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Background

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]

Modernization proposal

In 2015, 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 was set to 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 planned 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 was not listed as part of the government's 2040 Energy Strategy of North Macedonia, suggesting it was cancelled.

In April 2022, the 10 MW solar plant began test operations.[6] Though the solar generation was developed with the intention of replacing the coal plant, the Oslomej thermal plant had continued operations after the initial target retirement.[7]

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.[8]

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.[8]

Coal phase out date

As of December 2021, North Macedonia was planning to phase out coal by 2027, decommissioning Oslomej TPP in 2021 and REK Bitola by 2027. This was only in planning, according to their draft National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), although it was also submitted through their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) submitted under the Paris Agreement in 2021 (page 7, point d).[9] The decommissioning of Oslomej did not happen in 2021.

In January 2022, the coal phase-out was delayed until 2030 due to concerns over energy security.[7]

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: Operating
  • Capacity: 125 MW
  • Start date:
  • Type: CFB
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source: Imported (Russia, the Ukraine or Poland)
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles

References

  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, December 4, 2019
  6. "N. Macedonia starts test run of Oslomej PV plant," Renewables Now, April 6, 2022
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Balkans turns to coal as energy crisis trumps climate commitments," Reuters, April 19, 2022
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Macedonia is not giving up coal," analytica Commentary, January 2017
  9. "Enhanced Nationally Determined Contribution," Submission by the Republic of North Macedonia, 2021

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