PODGORICA (Montenegro), December 4 (SeeNews) – Montenegro's electricity production will increase by 16.4% next year but will cover only around 80% of the domestic consumption, Economy Minister Branko Vujovic said.
Montenegro's gross consumption is seen at 4,261 gigawatt hours next year, Vujovic said after the cabinet’s regular meeting on Thursday. An audio file with his speech was uploaded on the government’s website.
He added that the Perucica hydropower plant will produce 957 gigawatt hours, Piva hydropower plant – 762 gigawatt hours and the country’s sole thermal power plant Pljevlja – 1,400 gigawatt hours.
The government expects a power deficit of just below 19% of total consumption and a tender for the import of 817 kilowatt hours has already been opened, Vujovic said.
Montenegro has an installed electricity generation capacity of 868 megawatts.
Besides the two big hydropower plants and the thermal plant, it has seven small hydro plants with a combined installed capacity of 8.92 megawatts and an output of some 21.4 gigawatt hours per year.