Eptisa will provide engineering services for the development of the high voltage electricity transmission network in Serbia

The company will participate in the preparation of the tender dossiers and in the supervision of the works for the construction of the substations and related transmission lines needed to connect the electricity markets of Serbia and the FYR of Macedonia

May 19, 2011

Energy is one of the largest and more relevant sectors of the Serbian economy, accounting for more than 20% of the national Gross Domestic Product, and comprising electric power and coal-mining, oil and gas, district heating and the import and export of energy products. Since 2005 the Republic of Serbia is a member of the Energy Community in South-Eastern Europe, an international treaty that aims at creating a single energy market for all the countries in the region by assuring the interconnection of their transmission networks.

This priority area is well-reflected in the Government of Serbia’s strategic documents, as well as in those of the leading international financial institutions such as the World Bank (WB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the European Investment Bank (EIB), with approximately 150 million EUR of loans in different stages of financing. These investments support not only the installation of the transmission network but also enable the construction of a new system for dispatch operations, the procurement of new meters at the boundaries of power transmission and the implementation of a new system for remote collection of measurement and accounting data.

In order to assist the country in its efforts to develop the transmission network, the European Commission, through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), launched a project that aimed at the provision of technical support to EMS, the Electricity Transmission, System and Market Operator of Serbia, for the tendering and construction of two substations and their related transmission lines in the south of Serbia towards the border with the FYR of Macedonia. The project, that has an overall budget of 28 million Euro, will provide improved and reliable power supplies for the region and will facilitate energy transfers to and from Greece and the FYR of Macedonia. This will result in a reduction in power-cuts and transmission losses and in a general improvement in the voltage quality.

A consortium composed by the two Spanish companies Eptisa and NIPSA has recently been awarded with a service contract of almost 2 million Euro that aims to provide technical and engineering support to EMS for the tendering and supervision of all the supply and works contracts in connection with the development of this new transmission line. It is expected that during the next four years the local office of Eptisa in Serbia will provide electrical engineers licensed under the Serbian Construction Law for the supervision of all the works contracts.

Eptisa has managed to become one important player in the provision of consulting and engineering services in the energy sector in Southeast Europe. The company is now working in several important assignments in the region, providing technical and management support to different utilities and line ministries for the development of renewable energy sources, for the design and implementation of energy efficiency initiatives, and for the development of energy-related infrastructure.


 
 Eptisa will provide engineering services for the development of the high voltage electricity transmission network in Serbia