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Motts lands Albanian hydropower role

5 Oct 12 A joint venture of Mott MacDonald and Coyne et Bellier has been appointed as owner’s engineer for the development of three hydropower plants that will increase electricity generation Albania by 20%.

The project for client Devoll Hydropower (DHP) involves a cascade of three plants on the Devoll River in southern Albania. The Devoll HEP plants at Banja, Kokel and Moglice will have a total installed capacity of approximately 280MW and their total annual production will be approximately 800GWh. Development of the schemes will be phased over a period of six years, with generation starting at the end of 2015. Construction is due for completion in 2019.

The joint venture will review the designs and manage all aspects of the project implementation including construction supervision. It will also assist DHP with the negotiation and award of the construction and supply contracts.

Mott MacDonald project director Mike McWilliams said: “Hydropower represents an excellent investment with substantial benefits for the population served. Hydroelectric power plants are a source of clean, renewable and reliable energy, which can be operated economically over extremely long periods of time.”

Yves Félix, Coyne et Bellier’s deputy project director, added: “It is a great opportunity for Mott MacDonald and Coyne et Bellier to provide services to DHP composed of EVN and Statkraft, two major companies in renewable and environmentally friendly energy. We are also proud to participate in the development of energy generation, improving the security and stability of Albania’s power system through this important project.”

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