Nine years after the proclamation of independence, Kosovo continues to face shortages of power supply.
The head of the Kosovo Power Corporation, Arben Gjuka mentions several factors that make the situation with power supply unstable.
“Demand is higher than production, the System, Transmission and Market Operator of Power Supply is not independent and the thermal power plants are old. The solution is to build new capacities as soon as possible”, Gjuka said.
The spokesman of the Distribution of Power Supply at KEDS, Viktor Buzhala, says that KEDS is not the only one responsible for shortages of power supply.
According to him, in the absence of power supply, this company is obliged to import power supply from different countries of the region.
“We have continuously imported power supply every time there has been a reduction in production, but in most cases, it is hard to find imports. Even when import is secured, four hours must pass before power supply comes back on due to international procedures. KEDS has invested over 80 million euros to improve power supply for hundreds of areas”, Buzhala says.
On the other hand, representatives of civil society say that the poor management and policies that have not been drafted correctly for the energy sector, have led to this situation.
However, the investments that have been made in the power supply network in Kosovo since 2003 amount to 400 million euros, although representatives of civil society believe that this value is much higher. /balkaneu.com/