The challenge

Albania has tremendous potential for producing energy from its abundant water resources.However, construction of the Banja Hydropower station had failed to progress for over 20 years; yet the government was anxious to restart this previously abandoned project.This task was made especially challenging by the need to build a modern power station within the existing previously constructed structures.

Abkons expertise

Working in partnership Abkons teamed up with international contractor Mott McDonald to build this regionally important project. Experts in design Detailed design modifications were required to ensure new construction was seamlessly integrated with the old; a complex task developed by Abkons and its partners. Engineering expertise Familiarity with the technical engineering challenges and relevant experience of the construction sites proved vital to the joint venture’s ability to complete the project.

Outcome

A major infrastructure success story Construction of the 70 Megawatt Banja Hydropower station generating 254 GWh, complete with 100 km of new roads and transmission lines. Commercially valuable to our partners Accomplished within the agreed timeline, budget and in operation according to schedule, this project enhanced both Abkons’ and our partner’s reputation. A project of national prestige As well as generating over €200 million of investment, electricity production in Albania is now set to increase by 17%.
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