Serbia’s largest power plant produced less power than planned in 2018 forcing the power company to increase electricity imports, Belgrade daily Danas said on Wednesday.
The newspaper said that production at the Nikola Tesla thermal power plant (TENT) in Obrenovac fell short of plans by 17.5 percent or 200 million Euros worth, enough to make sure the national power grid had sufficient reserves to be stable.
An unnamed source told the daily that the shortfall posed a danger to the GDP growth rate which was in danger of dropping by 0.5 percent, adding that overall power production in Serbian power company (EPS) facilities was 1.2 percent higher than in 2017 thanks to higher production levels in hydropower plants.
The EPS told Danas that power supplies were stable. “Production at TENT in 2018 was at the level of 96 percent of production in 2017. It’s wrong to view the EPS segments individually because this is a complex linked system with thermal and hydro power plants and trade aimed at securing supplies and maximizing profits,” the EPS said.
The power company said that it bought power worth 39.96 million Euro in November and December “or 4.5 times less than what is claimed incorrectly”.