Moglicë HPP tests continue

13.04.2020 | news

Moglicë Dam Spillway Gates Test

Moglicë Dam Spillway Gates Test

The start of 2020 marked the beginning of the testing phase for Moglicë Hydropower Plant, the largest HPP of the Devoll Hydropower Project, a Statkraft investment in Albania.

After several years in development and implementation, during 2019 were completed the main works and started the creation of the Moglice reservoir.

The largest private hydropower plant in Albania during these months has undergone a series of tests to commission and prepare it for operations. These are carried out by specialised companies in coordination with the structures of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy.

In the frame of this phase, on 12.04.2020 was carried out the test of the Moglice Dam Spillway gates, which resulted successful. Full commercial operations for the Moglice HPP are planned for the second quarter of 2020, even with the additional difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Moglicë Hydropower Project is comprised of an 167 m high asphalt-core rock-filled dam, a 10.7 km long headrace tunnel connecting the reservoir to the Powerhouse, which has an installed capacity of 184 MW. The dam has created a reservoir with a planned storage capacity of approx. 360 million m³, with a surface area of approx. 7.2 km².

The project is implemented with high safety standards and practices in close cooperation with the Albanian authorities. Statkraft has invested substantial financial and human efforts to build sustainable and safe project structures.

When in operation, Moglicë HPP shall generate approx. 450 GWh/yearly, which combined also with Banja HPP shall generate 700 GWh/yearly, increasing Albania’s electricity generation by approx. 13%.