Bosnias Serb Republic hydropower plants might fail to meet 2012 output plan.

By bne IntelliNews June 21, 2012
Bosnias Serb Republic hydropower plants fear they will not be able to meet this years plan to produce a combined 2,282 gigawatt hours of electricity due to unfavourable hydrological conditions, a report of daily Nezavisne Novine showed. Long-term weather forecasts indicate there will be no considerable rainfall until November, therefore the last two months of the year remain the only hope for the plants. The Republics state-controlled power utility ERS operates three hydro power generation units HE na Trebisnjici, HE na Drini and HE na Vrbasu (located on the rivers Trebisnjica, Drina and Vrbas). The head of HE na Vrbasu, Nedeljko Kesic, was quoted as saying that the first months of 2012 were very bad and thanks to the improved conditions in March, April and May the operator managed to meet its production plan for the period. However, conditions worsened again in June. HE na Vrbasu plans to generate 273 GWh of electricity this year, Kesic said, adding the company would hardly achieve it given the uncertain environment. Blagota Markovic, an executive official from HE na Trebisnjici, said fulfillment of this years plan will depend mostly on the hydrological circumstances in the autumn period, as well as on the completion of the ongoing revitalisation at the Dubrovnik hydropower plant. HE na Trebisnjici targets generating 1,100 GWh of electricity this year. HE na Drini is expected to meet its six-month plan to produce 589.9 GWh of electricity by the end of June, the head of the technical department, Milutin Baranac, said. The Piva hydropower plant will rely on reserves to meet the planned generation until November when a heavier rainfall and snowfall is anticipated, he added. HE na Drini plans to produce 909 GWh of power in 2012.

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