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Hydro power plant "Perućica"

HPP “Perućica” is the oldest large hydropower plant in Montenegro, and was put into operation in 1960. It is named after the well Perućica, which originates in the vicinity of hydroelectric power plant.

 It is located in the municipality of Niksic, in northern Bjelopavlici plain, while small hydro power plants are located in the municipalities of Kolasin, Podgorica, Cetinje and Savnik.

Its installed capacity is 307 MW, and a potential annual production is about 1,300 GWh. For electricity production, HPP “Perucica” uses water catchment of river Gornja Zeta, which is water that flows into Niksic field with favorable decline in the short distance between the Niksic field and Bjelopavlici plains. Useful reservoir is 353 h/m³. Catchment area of HPP “Perucica” is 850 km².

HPP "Perucica" consists of the following facilities:

  • accumulations "Krupac" and "Slano" and retention "Vrtac"
  • The system of channels,
  • Sedimentation,
  • Compensation reservoir,
  • Intake tunnel with the intake structure,
  • Pipeline with three pipes under pressure,
  • Power house for 8 aggregate,
  • Electrical Substations of 110 kV and 220 kV,
  • Supply tunnel 3323.27 m,
  • Pipeline no. 3 with a diameter of 2.65 + 2.5 m.

In the machine building of HPP “Perućica”, seven twin turbine-type "Pelton" generators with the horizontal properties of the total installed capacity of 307 MW were built. Five units have installed capacity of 40 MVA and two of 65 MVA. It is planned that the eighth power generator of 65 MVA to be installed.

Between March 12, 1960 - December 31, 2015, HPP “Perucica” produced 48,067 GWh, which is approximately 860 MWh of electricity annually. In a record 2010 year, it was produced around 1,434,852 MWh.

HPP "Perucica" has in 2015 produced 783,36 GWh.

EPCG, in year 1992, began with the realization of the modernization process in HPP “Perućica”, which included work on the revitalization and modernization of production, bringing the plant equipment and facilities to a level that will reduce the risk of accidents and ensure safety of workers, and increase operational readiness to guarantee current production. This program, in the first phase, involved the reconstruction and realized hydro machines and electrical equipment to unit 1, 2, 3 and 4 and two home units.