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 1st International Hydropower NMK conference

WEDNESDAY, 4TH DECEMBER 2019, 9:00 – 15:45


hydropower conference North Macedonia

Target groups: Hydropower plant owners and operators, planners, energy producers, investors, hydro- engineering, project developers, state authorities, energy and water agencies, energy suppliers, technology and equipment providers, water management Institutes/ Utilities, nature protectors, and further interested parties.
Background: The Western Balkan region has the largest remaining unexploited hydropower potential in Europe as its river catchments have remained largely undeveloped. Up to 30 per cent of rivers remain in near-natural or pristine states and have a very high conservation value. The region has an estimated 80.000 GWh technical potential, which is concentrated in the mountainous regions.

As the region tries to limit greenhouse-gas emissions in line with EU goals countries have developed strategies for promotion of clean energy production from renewables.

Water is the most important and most profitable renewable energy source in North Macedonia.
Total technical hydropower potential is 5,598 GWh while only 26.6% is currently utilised (1,468 GWh), representing a total installed capacity of 674 MW.

According to the latest national report existing 10 hydropower plants with single capacity of over 10 MW generate 586,56 MW electricity while 106,32 MW is generated by small scale hydropower plants (under 10MW), with share of 5,12% in the total installed capacity in the country. Out of 96 units of SHPP reported, 4 were constructed and commissioned in 2018 with total installed capacity of 4,74 MW.

While feed in tariff is still in force for maximum 10 MW, there is available capacity of totally 2.471 GWh planned to be constructed.

Description and aim of the event: After 5 years in the Western Balkans and the annual forum held on November 2018 in Salzburg, Austria, REECO will again gather the regional key market players and international industry and investors. REECO in cooperation with local authorities, associations and international associations bring together relevant speakers in lively discussions. The aim of the event is to show a wide audience the developments happening in the hydropower industry in South-eastern Europe, to cultivate old contacts and establish new ones. Speakers from various countries with report on the development of the hydropower sector, show best practice examples, and their latest innovations and challenges.

The conference will open dialogues on common tasks and challenges in order to further advance the hydropower sector, promoting nature friendly and technically available solutions, implementation goals and creating basis for sustainable hydropower development

Conference program

9:00 Registration
 9:30 Greetings and Introduction
Welcome by organizer
Ms. Dragana Pavlovic – Senior PR Consultant, REECO International doo

Introduction by Moderator
Mr. Aleksandar Dedinec, PhD – Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Block 1 Key note speech / Visions, potentials, market developments

09:50 Strategy, Rulebook on Renewable Energy Sources
Mr. Ismail Luma – State advisor for Energy , Misitry of Economy
10:10 Strategies for Successful Implementation of Large Hydropower Projects
Mr. Sher Q. Baluch, MSc. – International hydropower expert, consultant

Block 2 General Conditions: Legal situation, approval, standards, regulations

10:30 Macedonia Small Hydro Power Project
Ms. Melita Gocevska – Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning
 10:50 Procedure for construction of hydro power plants
Mr. Nehri Emrula – Director, Energy Agency of the Republic of North Macedonia

Block 3 Promotion and financing. Useful planning tools.

11:10 Invest in Hydro Power – Experience
Mr. Todor Angjushev – Fero invest doel
11:30 Hydraulic Transient Analysis Preventing Accidents and Incidents in HPP
Mr. Prof. Aleksandar Gajic, PhD – Academy of Engineering Sciences of Serbia
11:50 Break

Block 4 Technique & Services

12:30 Utilization of low head potential with Kössler Kaplan turbines
Mr. Zijad Bajramovic – Kössler GmbH & Co KG/ Voith
 12:45 Electromechanical drive systems for hydropower and hydraulic steel structures
Mr. Rudolf Bachert, PhD – AUMA Riester GmbH & Co. KG

Block 5 SHPP Project development. North Macedonia and EU regulations.

13:00 Small hydropower plant in North Macedonia. Overview, development and grid connection
Mr. Samoil Celeski – EMK DOOEL Mali hidroelektrani
13:15 SHP in Greece. Practice with EU Regulations – Case study
Ms. Despina Chatzigavriel – Hellenic Small Hydropower Association, Managing Director / Member of the Board

Block 6 Operation: Best practice examples. Research and Innovation.

13:30 Best Practise example – Hydropower plants of large capacity
Mr. Blagoj Gajdardziski – ESM Power Plants of North Macedonia, Director for Development and Investment
 13:45 Best Practise – Fish Passage Experience at Small-HPP
Mr. Jovan Shulevski – EVN Elektrani DOOEL, Skopje
14:00 Increasing the value of hydropower through increased flexibility
Ms. Ass. Marija Lazarevikj, MSc – “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” University in Skopje, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering- Skopje
14:15 Break

Block 7 Panel Discussion, Business Matching

14:30 Panel Discussion & Business Metching
How to develop environmental friendly Hydro Power in NMK?
What is the criteria applied for an ecological feasibility assessment of the hydropower?
Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning
Ministry of Economy
Mr. Todor Angjushev – Macedonian Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Samoil Celeski – EMK d.o.o.e.l. Mali hidroelektrani
Mr. Davor Pehchevski – Eko-svest – Center for environmental research and information
Mr. Aleksandar Dedinec – PhD – Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts
 15:00 End of event

Conference Partner: energy-agency-of-north-macedonia

Energy Agency of North Macedonia


REECO International

Language: Macedonian
Fee: Free of charge

Please, note that the programme is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the conference.

If you have any comments or questions directly to the programme, please contact Dragana Pavlovic, (Senior Conference Manager,