Representatives of the French energy company, EDF have expressed interest in developing major projects together with Serbia’s electricity provider, Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) primarily in the segment of hydropower – said the Serbian Energy Minister, Aleksandar Antic after a meeting with the EDF delegation.
Antić told reporters that the Serbian side was very keen to negotiate with EDF about the projects related to the improvement of the power transmission and distribution grid.
“According to many parameters, especially when hydropower is concerned, EDF is the number one company in the world, and we are ready to talk to them about the said topic and together examine untapped hydro potential in Serbia and the possibility of building hydroelectric facilities on our rivers,” Antic added.
He also said that, at today’s meeting which was attended by the EPS director Milorad Grcic and the director of Elektromreza Srbije, Jelena Matejic, an agreement was reached to step up the cooperation, primarily at the level of expert teams. The next step would be for the team of Serbian experts to visit EDF’s headquarters in France.
On 18th January this year, Antic signed a letter of intent with the French ambassador to Serbia, Frederic Mondoloni, under which the governments of the two countries will support cooperation in the field of renewable energy, and bolstering the efficiency of the Serbian power grid and energy efficiency.
As much as 80% of France’s trade with Western Balkan countries is concentrated in Serbia, which makes the country the most important partner in the region, Mondoloni said in the statement after the signing.
In December last year, the Serbian president’s office confirmed that the French President, Emmanuel Macron planned to visit Serbia in 2018.
(Vecernje Novosti, 19.03.2018)
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