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Pöyry awarded owner's engineer services assignment for project in Kosovo

Following an international competitive process, ContourGlobal has awarded Pöyry and Ekonerg, its Joint Venture Partner for this assignment, with an owner's engineer services assignment for the Kosova e Re 500 MW coal-fired power plant project.

Kosovo's GDP per capita makes it one of Europe's poorest countries. A major obstacle to the economic growth and development of Kosovo is the inadequate and unreliable electricity supply. Kosova e Re project will help to support Kosovo's energy independence and consequently its energy security.

Kosova e Re is a 500MW coal-fired power plant designed according to the latest European standards and Best Available Technology (BAT), replacing the old Kosovo A coal plant, which is considered to be one of the most polluting power plants in Europe. Particulate matter and NOx emissions, both of which are considered to be detrimental to human health, will be reduced by approximately 90% with the replacement of the Kosovo A plant.

In addition to improving the air quality in Kosovo, the Kosovo e Re plant will provide drastic improvements in the reliability of the power system in Kosovo by replacing Kosovo A, which was constructed in 1962 and is subject to frequent outages.

The Owner's Engineer general role is to ensure that the technical and build contractors are adhering to the project specifications and as such it will support the development, design, construction, and commissioning phases of the facility. As Owner's Engineer, Pöyry's assignment includes EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) Conceptual and Front End Engineering Design, Technical Specifications preparation and proposals review for Contractor Tendering and Selection, Design Review Services for Detailed Engineering, Quality Assurance Plans and Procedures, Construction, Commissioning and Testing Site Supervision and Technical Project Management Services.

"We are proud to support Contour Global and Kosovo in this project which is of strategic importance for Kosovo, using its indigenous resources to aid economic growth and social progress and help alleviate poverty," says Michael Gruenenfelder, Regional Director Europe and New Markets for Thermal Power and Renewable Energy at Pöyry.

The order will be recognised within the Energy Business Group order stock in H1 2018. The value of the order is not disclosed.