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ContourGlobal picks Croatian-Finnish JV for engineer services in Kosovo power plant project

ContourGlobal picks Croatian-Finnish JV for engineer services in Kosovo power plant project Kosovo, agreement on Kosova e Re power plant construction, Author: Kosovo's President's office

PRISTINA (Kosovo), June 7 (SeeNews) – ContourGlobal has selected a joint venture comprising Finnish-based company Pöyry and Croatian company Ekonerg to provide owner's engineer services for the Kosova e Re 500 MW coal-fired power plant project in Kosovo, Poyry said on Thursday.  

“The owner's engineer general role is to ensure that the technical and build contractors are adhering to the project specifications and as such it will support the development, design, construction, and commissioning phases of the facility,” Poyry said in a press release.

"We are proud to support Contour Global and Kosovo in this project which is of strategic importance for Kosovo, using its indigenous resources to aid economic growth and social progress and help alleviate poverty," said Michael Gruenenfelder, regional director for Europe and new markets for thermal power and renewable energy at Poyry.

Poyry is an international consulting and engineering company providing services across the full project lifecycle, according to information posted in the company's website.

Ekonerg is a Croatian consulting company active in the fileds of energy and environmental protection.

In December, Kosovo's government signed an agreement with ContourGlobal to start the construction of 500 MW Kosova e Re - a project worth an estimated 1.3 billion euro ($1.53 billion).

Construction works will start in 2018 and the new power plant will be operational by 2023, the economy and development ministry said at the time. The life span of the future power plant is estimated at 40 years.

The project is considered to be Kosovo's largest energy project, which will replace the 40-year-old Kosovo A plant and is seen as the only solution to the country's chronic air pollution and unreliable power supplies.

($ = 0.85048 euro)