February 22 (SeeNews) - Russia's Gazprom Energoholding plans to put into operation the 200 MW Pancevo gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Serbia in March, the Serbian energy ministry said on Tuesday.
"In March, when the trial work is over, we will have the official commissioning of Pancevo CHP. This facility is important for cogeneration, efficiency in production and environmental protection, but also for greater energy security," energy minister Zorana Mihajlovic said in a statement.
Gazprom Energoholding has invested about 170 million euro ($193 million) in the construction of the power plant which will have 120 employees, Mihajlovic said during a visit to Pancevo.
"Preparations are now underway for commissioning and Serbia will soon have a new power plant, which will enable the improvement of the electricity situation in Serbia and significantly affect the air quality in Pancevo," Gazprom Energoholding Serbia director Aleksandar Varnavski said in the statement.
Serbian oil and gas group NIS [BEL:NIIS], in which Gazprom holds a 56.15% stake, signed an agreement for the construction of the CHP plant in Pancevo with Shanghai Electric Group in November 2018.
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