Oslomej power station

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Oslomej power station is an operating power station of at least 125-megawatts (MW) in Oslomej, Kičevo, North Macedonia with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Oslomej power station Oslomej, Kičevo, North Macedonia 41.582, 21.0 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1: 41.582, 21.0
  • Unit Reconstruction: 41.582133, 21.000288

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating coal - lignite 125 subcritical 1980 2030 (planned)
Unit Reconstruction cancelled coal - bituminous 129.5 circulating fluidized bed

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 REK Oslomej [100.0%]
Unit Reconstruction JSC Macedonian Power Plants [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): Oslomej coal mine, imported, imported


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).[1] It is fuelled by domestic lignite from Oslomej Coal Mine and also relies on imported coal.[2]

In December 2022, the power station closed after a fire at the site.[3] It appeared that the plant was operating intermittently as of April 2023.[4]

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).[5] The new unit would be 129.5MW.[6] The upgrade was included in ELEM's 2018-2022 development and investment plan.[7] It appears that this plan did not go ahead.

As of 2016/2017, opponents said the modernization proposal was 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]

As of October 2019, the unit was not listed as part of the government's 2040 Energy Strategy of North Macedonia. However ESM's website still lists the project with a summary proposal dated 2019.[3]

Coal phase out date

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."[9] See Oslomej solar farm for further details on the extension.

In April 2022, the 10 MW solar plant began test operations.[10] 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.[11]

As of December 2021, North Macedonia was planning to phase out coal by 2027, decommissioning Oslomej TPP in 2021 and Bitola power station by 2027. The final NECP confirmed the plan to decommission Oslomej in 2021.[12]

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.[11] It appeared that the plant was operating intermittently as of April 2023[4] and continued to operate later in the year.

Just Energy Transition Program proposal

According to reporting from November 2023, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank were planning to propose a €3 billion (US$3.26 billion) Just Energy Transition Investment Program (JET-P) to fund the replacement of Oslomej power station and Bitola power station with 1,700 MW of renewable projects. The plan was expected to be announced at the COP28 climate talks starting later in the month.[13] The plan was presented at the COP28 in December 2023.[1]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "TPP Oslomej," ELEM, accessed December 2019
  2. "Се најде јаглен за ТЕЦ Осломеј или само една десетина од потребните ресурси за крпење на престојната зима". irl.mk. November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "ВМРО-ДПМНЕ: ТЕЦ Осломеј три дена работи – два дена одмара, поради испад или „планиран" застој". a1on.mk. April 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "TPP Oslomej," ELEM, accessed June 2017
  6. "Modernization of TPP Oslomej," ELEM, 2017
  7. "ПЛАН ЗА РАЗВОЈ И ПЛАН ЗА ИНВЕСТИЦИИ," 2018 – 2022 година, Скопје, март 2018
  8. "Macedonia is not giving up coal," analytica Commentary, January 2017
  9. "North Macedonian utility plans three more tenders for 110 MW of solar," PV Magazine, December 4, 2019
  10. "N. Macedonia starts test run of Oslomej PV plant," Renewables Now, April 6, 2022
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Balkans turns to coal as energy crisis trumps climate commitments," Reuters, April 19, 2022
  12. "NATIONAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE PLAN OF THE REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA" (PDF). www.economy.gov.mk. January 2022. Retrieved 11 January 2024. {{cite web}}: line feed character in |title= at position 36 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "Exclusive: EBRD backs 3 bln euro plan to wean North Macedonia off coal power," Reuters, November 17, 2023

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