Albania’s hydro plants provide nearly 80% of the country’s power, so it is imperative to ensure their upkeep and safety.
That’s the aim of Albania’s Dam Safety Project, supported with World Bank funds.
Project official, Fatos Bundo, explains that renovation measures now underway at three of the country’s largest hydro-plants in the Drini river cascade will prevent any serious problems in the future.
“Had we not implemented this project, the daily degradation would have eventually made it necessary to undertake extreme action, as opposed to what we are doing now,” he says from the base of Komani, Albania’s most powerful hydro-plant located in the country’s north.
Through the Safety Project, Komani and two other plants are being refurbished with electro-mechanical equipment, including new IT systems for control protection and monitoring.