USAID representatives visit HPP Ashta

HPP Ashta was visited today by Mr.Jonathan Hale, Administrator for Europe and Eurasia of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) along with other representative of the mission with the aim of learning more about the cutting-edge technology utilized at the plant. During their short stay they were able to have a closer look to the run of river power plant which was

only shortly commissioned by METE.

Only as shortly as two years after the start of construction, HPP Ashta is fully operative becoming one of the first successful concessionary agreements on hydro power that has started contributing significantly in the supply with electric energy.

The visitors were attended by Peter Stelzer, Managing Director of the project-company Energji Ashta. Peter Stelzer introduced the project to the visitors who were convinced about the high standards applied in the project. Peter Stelzer said that "HPP Ashta is an environment friendly, trend-setting project, using innovative Austrian technology. The aim of the company was to deliver a quality product through state of the art technology".

During the visit Mr. Hale and Mr. Stelzer had the opportunity to exchange perspectives on how development agencies can work with government and the private sector to expand clean energy opportunities in Albania and the region.

As promised at the start of construction this outstanding project has turned Albania into a technology landmark, which will attract many experts in the field to see this technological landmark created by Energji Ashta.

HPP Ashta is the first international project of the Austrian companies VERBUND and EVN.

Their 50/50 joint venture company Energji Ashta Shpk will be responsible for the operation of the plant.At the end the 35-year concession period,the power plant will be transferred to theRepublic of Albania.