Pristina, March 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
In an effort to secure optimal heating with fewer costs and by exploiting the natural resources of Kosovo, the government is investing in setting up a steam heating system which completely covers the needs of the capital and several other areas of the country.
The length of the works in this project is 11 km from KEK to Pristina and the effects will be given in fall. Currently, the works have been focused on the third kilometer of the system of pipes which will bring hot steam from KEK thermal stations to the “Termokos” powerhouse in Pristina.
Prime minister Hashim Thaci says that the process of the completion of the heating system project for Pristina is one of the most important ones following the highway linking Albania to Kosovo. He says that this “project is necessary, indispensable and vital for the citizens of Pristina”.
“This is the most modern project in the region, which will provide steam heating. All works are advancing according to plans”, says Mr. Thaci.
According to him, upon the finalization of this project, heating will no longer be a problem for the residents of Pristina.
Director of Termokos, Arsim Janova says that the works are advancing at an incredible speed, stressing that in the last quarter of this year, residents of Pristina will have sufficient central heating.
“Works are taking place in an intensive way. We’ve started works in October last year and we continue to advance fast”, says Janova.
The steam heating project has a cost of 30 million Euros, out of which 25 million Euros are grants from European countries and 5 million are part of a loan issued by the German Bank for Development. /ibna/