The state-owned electricity producer of Montenegro - Elektorprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) - for the first time in 40 years received the right to build a hydroelectric power plant. The construction of the Komarnitsa HPP will cost between 260 and 290 million euros.
The first large hydropower project in modern Montenegro will have an installed capacity of about 172 MW and produce 213 GWh per year.
The hydroelectric power station will be built in the middle part of the Komarnitsa river near the town of Lontsi - 45 km upstream of the operating Piva PSP (installed capacity 342 MW). The project envisions a 171 m high concrete arch dam that will contain a 227 x 10⁶ m³ reservoir.
The construction of hydropower facilities designed mainly for the production of electricity will also lead to further development of the territories, since the reservoir will create favorable conditions for the development of tourism, agriculture and improve transport links.
The projected construction period for the Komarnitsa HPP is five years. A thousand workers will be involved in the work, and after the launch, about a hundred people will work at the hydroelectric power plant - mainly local residents.