A project to construct a new 400kV power line between Podgorica and Tirana was kicked off this week with a ceremony in Shkodër hosted by Montenegrin Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy and Financial System Vujica Lazović , Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha, and German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebelom.
On the Montenegrin side, the project requires the construction of 79 power poles and 29km of power line. In addition, the project will also include expansion of the Podgorica-2 electric substation. The Montenegrin part of the project is estimated to cost thirteen million Euros and be completed in approximately three years. The project will be executed by Dalekovod, in cooperation with Siemens, ABS Electro, and Fichtner.
This new line will enable Montenegro to export electricity not only to Tirana, but also further onwards to Elbasan and potentially to Greece. According to the CIA World Factbook, Montenegro produces 2.864 billion kWh of electricity and consumes only 18.6 million kWh (2005 numbers) — making electricity one of Montenegro’s most valuable exports.