Dear participants, friends, and colleagues
I have great pleasure to be among you today and in the same time to host this event of evaluation of the work done in Sibovc South West Mine and to thank employees involved in this work of large scale, and special thanks and respect for donors-European Union for their support for this project.
“The Sibovc South West (SSW) Mine is the biggest energy project in last two decades in Kosovo. The exploitable capacity of SSW is 124 million tons, which is enough until the end of existing technology for existing power plants, respectively PP “Kosova A” and “Kosova B”. SSW makes part of Sibovc where about 1 milliard tons of geological coal reserves is evidenced and confirmed.
The opening of mine has started in July 2007 by removing overburden with unrepaired equipments while the coal exploration for supply of power plants has started on September 2010.
Putting into function of First Overburden System is finished and today we are witnesses of continual operation of this system, which has supported and enabled the opening of this new coal mine in our country and has provided us possibility to secure the continual supply with coal for existing power plants.
In the first overburden system, the repaired excavators E10B, Spreader P3B and four-conveyer belts b1600 mm were installed. This system was completed and became functional in the beginning of December 2009. The construction of First Overburden System had cost of about 34.74 million euro. Out of this amount, the European Union has financed 15 million euro, and 3 million from the Kosovo Consolidated Budget, while other part of 16.74 million euro is financed by KEK through a long term loan from Kosovo Budget.
Repair of E10B excavator began in February 2009 and lasted until November 2009. The cost of repair was 13.65 million. Financial support is provided by donations of the European Union in value of 10.58 Euros and the donation of the Budget of Kosova in the amount of 3.07 million.
Repair of P3B spreader began in February 2009. The cost of repair was 9.15 million. Funding is provided by donation of the European Union in the value of 7.06 million and KEK through the loan from the Kosovo Budget in the amount of 2.08 million.
Repair of conveyor belts began in February 2009. The cost of repair of the conveyor belts was 11.16 million. Financing is made by KEK through the loan from the Kosovo Budget.
Repair of the system is performed with a very advanced technology, namely entire commanding system is provided through PLC and wireless systems.