October 8 (SeeNews) - Macedonian power producer Elektrani na Makedonija (ELEM) AD said on Thursday it has called an international tender for the import of 71,920 megawatthours (MWh) of electricity in December.
ELEM said the bidding deadline is November 4. The offered price will carry the biggest weight in the evaluation of the bids.
The eligible candidates must have had an average annual income of at least 5 million euro ($7.3 million) in the last three years, ELEM said in a tender notice on its website.
Macedonia, a country of two million people, consumes around eight million MWh of electricity per year and imports some 30% of the energy it needs. The country faces serious challenges in its power infrastructure, including insufficient power links with its neighbours.
Macedonia has split its Communist-era power monopoly ESM in 2005 into a generation unit called ELEM, a distribution unit ESM and a transmission company Makedonski Elektro Prenosen Sistem Operator (MEPSO) AD. The country sold 90% of ESM to Austria's EVN in 2006.