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SE and private investors plan new hydropower plants

SLOVAKIA’S dominant power producer Slovenské Elektrárne, a.s. (SE) is planning to build at least four small hydroelectric power plants on the Váh and Hron rivers, according to SE spokesman Juraj Kopřiva, the SITA newswire reported on October 10. Kopřiva added that their installed output is projected to be around 12 megawatts. The power producer has not yet provided exact information about the amount that will be invested. The projects are part of SE’s plan to invest over Sk100 billion (€3.319 billion) up to 2013.

SLOVAKIA’S dominant power producer Slovenské Elektrárne, a.s. (SE) is planning to build at least four small hydroelectric power plants on the Váh and Hron rivers, according to SE spokesman Juraj Kopřiva, the SITA newswire reported on October 10. Kopřiva added that their installed output is projected to be around 12 megawatts. The power producer has not yet provided exact information about the amount that will be invested. The projects are part of SE’s plan to invest over Sk100 billion (€3.319 billion) up to 2013.

In separate projects, the companies Energo-Aqua, a.s., Hydroenergia, s.r.o. and Velma ZH, s.r.o. have announced projects to build four small hydroelectric plants, with investments totalling roughly Sk788 million (€26.16 million). The facilities should generate over 28,600 megawatt hours of electricity per year.

Three of the plants are planned for the River Hron and one for River Váh. Energo-Aqua has drafted plans for two power plants, one on the Váh River near Trenčín for about Sk150 million (€4.979 million) and the second on the Hron River in Banská Bystrica, in the Šalková district. Costs are projected at Sk98 million (€3.253 million). Hydroenergia plans a small hydropower plant costing Sk400 million (€13.28 million) on the Hron River near the municipality of Želiezovce. Velma ZH intends to construct a plant on the Hron River in the municipality of Bzenica for almost Sk140 million (€4.647 million).

Hydroelectric plants - both large and small – account for between 16 and 18 percent of Slovakia’s annual production of power. Only 11 percent of the generating potential of small hydroelectric plants on Slovakia’s rivers is currently exploited; there are currently more than 160 of these facilities in place. Their overall installed output is about 350 megawatts; they generate 1.75 terawatt hours of power over 5,000 hours of operation each year.

SE is the largest operator of hydroelectric plants, running 34 such facilities (of which 10 are small). The total installed capacity of hydroelectric plants run by SE is 1,652 MW, representing 31 percent of SE’s overall installed capacity. Slovakia uses about 57.5 percent of its total hydroelectric power potential.

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