01. Who is Devoll Hydropower SH.A?
Devoll Hydropower Sh.A. is an Albanian registered company, owned and operated by the Norwegian power company Statkraft AS. In line with a Concession Agreement signed and approved by the Albanian Parliament in 2009, Devoll Hydropower will build, operate, own and transfer hydropower plants in cascade along the Devoll River, in southeast Albania.
02. What is Devoll Hydropower Project?
Devoll Hydropower project will be build according to a concession agreement, ratified by the Albanian Parliament in 2009. According to the agreement Devoll Hydropower Project is a BOOT concession meaning, it shall be build operated owned by DHP Sh.A and transferred back to the Albanian authorities once the terms of the concession are concluded. Devoll Hydropower projects consist of building hydropower plants along the Devoll Valley located, southeast Albania approximately 100 km from the capital Tirana. The plants under construction are Banja and Moglice , with a total installed capacity of 242 MW.
03. Who is Statkraft AS?
Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy and is the leading power company in Norway. The company owns, produces and develops hydropower, wind power, gas power and district heating. Statkraft is a major player in European power trading and has 3500 employees in more than 20 countries.
04. What is the Banja HPP?
Banja HPP is located in the Banja village part of Gostime Commune Elbasan District, Albania Banja HPP is the first hydropower plant to be built by Devoll Hydropower Sh.A. The existing unfinished Banjë Dam was initiated in the mid 1980’s as part of the Banjë Hydropower Project. The initial Banjë project was projected to have an approx. 100 m high clay core dam with a reservoir level of 195 m above sea level. In the early 1990’s the project was stopped and the project’s structures (cofferdam, headrace tunnel, inspection gallery, bottom outlet tower, bottom outlet tunnel) were never finalized.
Banja HPP will have an installed capacity of 70 MW and an average annual production of 242 GWh. The clay core filled Dam will be 900 m long, 370 m wide and 80 m high. Banja reservoir will have a surface of 14 km2 an area comparable to 2000 football fields. Three Francis turbines will be installed for the generation. A 4m3/s shall be the minimum water release. The production is estimated to start in the 2nd half of 2016.
05. What is Moglice HPP?
Moglice HPP is the second hydropower plant to be built by Devoll Hydropower Sh.A. Moglice HPP is located in the Moglice commune, Korca District.
Moglice HPP will have an installed capacity of 172 MW and an average annual production of 475 GWh. The asphalt core filled Dam will be 320 m long, 150 m high and 460 m wide. Moglice reservoir will have a surface of 7.2 km2, an area comparable to 1000 football fields. Two main Francis turbines will be installed and one Francis turbine will be installed to serve for water releases downstream the Dam of 1 m3/s.
06. What are the benefits of the Devoll project?
Resources are required to meet the growing demand of electricity consumption in Albania. Devoll Hydropower, once completed it will increase electricity production in Albania by 17 % all of it through renewable and clean energy.
More so Devoll Hydropower project is a well thought and planned project, being carried out following international best practices. DHP project provides the best financial, technical, environment and economic development attributes.
DHP project will provide key benefits, including energy, flexibility in production and supply, regional economic development, job creation as well as benefits for communities.
DHP will contribute to improved road transportation in the project area by constructing or upgrading over 100 km of roads and bridges.
07. Does Albania really need a project such as Devoll Hydropower?
Yes. Albania energy production is 98 % generated by hydropower. The electricity consumption is higher than the production in Albania, with a constant rising demand in consumption. In an average year, electricity imports account for more than 30 % of national consumption. Electricity produced from Devoll Hydropower project will secure the supply of energy to Albania, and strengthen the stability of the National Grid.
Hydropower projects are complex and require a long time to build. Once DHP project is completed Albania will enjoy a green and reliable source of energy.
08. How much will it cost to build DHP project?
Devoll Hydropower has an estimated capital cost of EUR 535 Million.
09. Why is DHP delaying decision on building the third Hydropower plant, that of Kokel?
Devoll hydropower is not delaying the construction of Kokel HPP, investment decision for it will be considered once the first two hydropower plants have been completed.
10. What is the current status of the project?
Devoll Hydropower has four phases.
- Tendering and Concession Negotiation Phase Time 2007-2009
(Concession Agreement entered into force April 01.2009)
- Pre-Construction Phase ⱱ Time: 2009-2014*
- Construction Phase- current Time 2014-2019
- Operation Phase Time 2019- up to CA terms.
*Construction phase has stared, Commencement Date as according to Concession Agreement not decided yet.
11. What is DHP environmental and social impact assessment?
The Devoll hydropower environment and social impact assessment (ESIA) is a comprehensive document that includes the project rationale, identifying potential effects and proposes measures to avoid or mitigate these effects. The ESIA was conducted by independent researchers. The findings of this document were presented to DHP and the community during extensive public hearings conducted on October 2011.
The ESIA also describes benefits that Devoll Hydropower project will provide for the local and regional communities and also for future tourism opportunities.
A summary of the ESIA could be downloaded on the DHP website at www.dhp.al
. To receive the full document please contact DHP.
12. What did the environment assessment find?
All large hydropower projects have environmental effects and Devoll Hydropower is no different. The environmental change form a river bed to a reservoir will bring some potential effects that cannot be mitigated. However substantial work undertaken to date concludes that all effects of the project on the environment ca be mitigated through careful project planning and comprehensive mitigation programme included in the DHP environmental mitigation plan.
13. What are the social impacts of the project and how shall they be mitigated?
The main social impacts are loss of land and livelihood associated with it, loss of residences, and loss of access and public/community infrastructure. These impacts are mitigated through the DHP Resettlement and Social Development programs, aiming to improve (or at least restore) income and standard of living of the Project Affected Households.
More details on the Resettlement and Social Development program can be found on the DHP Environment and Social Management Plan or at the DHP Public Information Offices located in Gramsh, Banjë and Nikollarë.
14. Who carries out the Land Acquisition / Expropriation of the private properties affected by the project?
The implementation of Devoll Hydropower Project will affect privately owned land and other assets in the project area. According to the Concession Agreement the legal responsibility for expropriation and compensation of the private owned assets affected by the project is with the Government of Albania.
15. If I have a Complaint in relation to the project activities, where should I address it?
DHP has established a Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM). This is to ensure that anyone with a complaint or concern about the DHP Project activities can tell us and get feedback from us on how the company will address this concern or issue.
You can report a grievance to us by:
- Visiting our Public Information Offices in Gramsh, Banjë and Nikollarë and filling out a Grievance Registration Form
- Send a letter to our offices
- Contact DHP in person, through email or on the phone
Feedback shall be provided in due time.
16. Who is constructing the Transmission Lines?
Part of the project’s implementation shall be the construction of two transmission lines of 220 and 110 kV respectively. DHP is responsible for the construction of the Transmission Lines. After construction, the Albanian Transmission System Operator shall be the owner of the constructed transmission lines. Expropriation process for the private properties affected by the transmission lines is carried out by the Albanian Transmission System Operator.
17. Who and when shall the replacement roads be constructed?
One of the main impacts of the project is the loss of access infrastructure, such as roads and bridges. In this regard, according to the Concession Agreement the Government of Albania (GoA) is responsible for the re-establishment of the access. GoA has established an Institutional Working Group to identify impacted infrastructure and to plan the construction of new replacement infrastructure. The replacement infrastructure should be in place prior to the inundation from the creation of the reservoir.
18. Who are the main contractors of Devoll Hydropower project?
Devoll hydropower has contracted the following companies to carry out the construction of the projects:
- Owners Engineers Joint Venture Mott Macdonald and Coyne y Beiller
- Owners design AF consulting Civil Works
- Civil Works Joint Venture Limak Age
- Electro-mechanic and Hydraulic works Alstom
- Transmission Lines Doko Sh.p.k
19. How can I find out about business opportunities?
We encourage all suppliers interested in offering its services during the construction of the DHP project to contact the DHP main contractors directly. For business and supplies directly with DHP Sh.A.- please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
20. How can I find out about job opportunities?
Devoll Hydropower Sh.A. will only hire highly qualified technical expertise. All available positions are posted on the DHP website. Devoll Hydropower’s main contractors are responsible for hiring labor and skilled workers on site. We encourage all interested persons to get in contact or visit the camp site at the village of Banja, Gostime commune Elbasan District