Flooding leaves Kosovo short of electricity

3 March 2006 – The Kosovo Electric Corporation [KEC] is facing problems in electricity production due to restrictions in fuel supplies caused by recent flooding.

KEC officials have told Serbian media that recent weather conditions and precipitation have flooded the coalmines in Dobro Selo, and as a result, their two thermal electric power plants in Obilic cannot receive their required supplies of coal. Because of the situation, the Kosovo A and B thermal electric plants are working at a technical minimum.

“Currently there are about 420-430 MW per hour and that is very little for the current demand,” KEC officials stated, adding that as a result, Kosovo communities are experiencing energy restrictions again.

The problems with flooding started last week when the dam on the Sitnica River burst open, flooding the power plants.