Prishtina, 20 January 2022
Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Albin Kurti participated in the plenary session of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo.
During this session it was discussed about the proposed increase of electricity by the Energy Regulatory Office and the issue of electricity subsidy by the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, as a way to mitigate the impact of the global energy crisis that has already affected also Kosovo.
In his remarks, Prime Minister Kurti spoke about the gap between limited local capacities to produce electricity and the demand for electricity consumption. He said that if we include the capacities of renewable energy sources, our capacities currently reach 725 megawatts, while the basic demand yesterday was 834 megawatts, while the peak of national consumption was 1317 megawatts.
To ensure a regular supply of electricity, we are obliged to import energy according to the prices of international energy exchanges, such as that of HUPX, which only yesterday this import costed 2.5 million euros. He further added that no one wants energy to be expensive, but imports are costly.
“With 727 megawatts of capacity, with peak consumption of over 1.3 gigawatts, with imports of over 10 gigawatt hours per day, with international stock prices around 250 euros per megawatt hour, we are ending up spending 2 and a half million euros per day . “Tell me where to get the money – that is the question?” Said Prime Minister Kurti at the end of his speech.
Full speech of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, in the plenary session of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo
Thank you, Honorable Chairman,
Distinguished Members of the Assembly,
I am just taking the example of yesterday, January 19, 2022.
So, yesterday we had at work the three units of the Power Plant “Kosova A”, A3 A4 and A5. The A3 generated power with a production capacity of 133 megawatts, the A4 135 megawatts, and the A5 130 megawatts. B1 also worked at the “Kosova B” Power Plant, with 251 megawatts. B2 continues to be out of order.
If we also bring renewable energy sources, the total is 78 megawatts. And thus the total electricity generation with our capacities has been with the power of 727 megawatts yesterday.
Meanwhile, the peak of national consumption was 1317 megawatts at 23:00, while the base load was 834 megawatts.
Yesterday the import was over 10 gigawatt hours. The import is over 10 gigawatts, meanwhile, the deviation is over 400 megawatt hours. Yesterday, the deviation and import were a total of 10,487 megawatt hours. This is the import.
On the stock exchange HUPX, the Hungarian Power Exchange, which has not yet published it, after an hour it will publish the prices for today, but we are talking about yesterday, the base price was 227 euros per megawatt hour, while the maximum price 245 euros per megawatt hour.
We usually buy at the peak, so if we get approximately 240 euros a megawatt hour that we got from the stock exchange, we buy it in order to have a stable supply, in conditions when we consume much more than we generate, when we multiply it, it turns out that yesterday we paid 2.5 million euros for imports. Yesterday, imports alone cost 2.5 million euros.
Tell me, honorable MP’s, how to pay them, where to get 2.5 million. This is the issue, it’s very simple.
Nobody wants energy to be expensive, but imports yesterday cost us 2.5 million. So, it is not about the price of megawatt hours, which comes to us from KEK, but about what we receive from international stock exchange.
Furthermore, you are aware that we have three units of the Kosova A power plant and two units of the Kosova B power plant. However, during the year, the Kosova A power plant has 30 days of repair, it is out of order. This happens in spring as well as in summer.
Even a 12-day revision every 3 and a half months, which totals over 41 days. The total when the Kosovo A power plant is out of operation is over 71 days a year. So over ten weeks a year, we have A out of function. Meanwhile, B has a 30-day repair also during the year, spring, summer, blocks B1 and B2. Meanwhile, 7 days revision every 3 and a half months, which is a total of 24 days, i.e. 54 days. The power plant “Kosova B” is 54 days out of operation during the year.
Meanwhile, the Power Plant “Kosova A” is 71 days out of operation during the year. Which means that we do not even have the capacity that we otherwise possess.
With 727 megawatts of capacity, with peak consumption of over 1.3 gigawatts, with imports of over 10 gigawatt hours per day, with international stock prices around 250 euros per megawatt hour, we are ending up spending 2 and a half million euros per day. Tell me where to get the money – that’s the question?