The feasibility study conducted by the Energy and Biomass Project suggests that there are heating systems in Moldova, which use fossil fuels, like coal or natural gas, whose service life will end soon, and they will require retooling. These systems could be replaced with biomass heating systems, and solid biofuel could be supplied by one single supplier in every region.
The first PPP was established in 2014 in the Leova district, where 19 education institutions were supplied biomass heat in a centralized manner, avoiding the need to renovate the old systems and the increasing costs for fossil fuel. There, Green – Farm, the company that was selected through a competitive process by the district council, installed in 2014 modern pellet boilers, the total investments amounting to about 500 000 EUR.
The private partner will supply biomass heat and will ensure the smooth operation of the biomass heating systems it installed in the 19 public institutions, as well as of other 6 boiler rooms that were already there in the district. The company employed operators for these boiler rooms and supplies biofuel during the entire heating season. Every year, the company produces 6 000 to 9 000 Gcal under this Public Private Partnership agreement.
The private company has committed to manage the 25 heating systems during 11 years, while the local governments will pay an attractive price for every Gcal of biomass energy. Afterwards the heating systems will be owned and managed by the Leova district council, which received 100 thousand dollars from the Energy and Biomass Project to establish this PPP.
The competition for another Public Private Partnership was announced in August 2016. According to the technical specifications, the private partner is expected to renovate 5 thermal substations and install two pellet boiler rooms in two public institutions in the Ungheni district, and supply heat during 10 years. The private partner will also have to implement energy efficiency measures in five public institutions with the financial support of the Energy and Biomass Project and supply biomass heat during the entire term of the PPP agreement.
This is the first of the five competitions to be announced in the districts selected by the Energy and Biomass Project and the Energy Efficiency Agency to implement PPPs for biomass heat supply. The Energy and Biomass Project will allocated 100 thousand dollars to each of the five local governments to establish Private Public Partnerships, aimed, among others, to address the fuel quality issue, sustainability of heat supply and energy security of the beneficiary localities/institutions and at contributing to the local development by creating new jobs and increasing the incomes to the local budgets.