Visit of the Special Representative for China-CEE Cooperation Affairs of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to SEP's Mozura Wind Power Project in Montenegro

By Yu Yi Feng

On the morning of September 16, 2017, Huo Yuzhen, the special representative for China-CEE Cooperation Affairs of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cui Zhiwei, the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of China to Montenegro, visited the Mozura Wind Farm underway in Montenegro, in the company of Li Jianchao, the Vice General Manager of International Renewable Energy Development Ltd (IREDL).

The two ambassadors visited the construction camp, boost substation and wind turbine area (23 turbines to be installed) of the wind farm successively. After attentively listening to the project profile, Ms. Huo highly appreciated SEP's practice of leveraging SEPM as a Europe investment platform and working together with the government of Malta to create the "quartet cooperation mode" in Malta. She said, the "16+1" cooperation mode has become an important approach for the Belt and Road Initiative to access the European economic circle, which allows us to further strengthen cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries in the future. The Mozura wind power project in Montenegro, as a good "going abroad" case of Chinese state-owned enterprise, has far-reaching significance for bridging China and Central and Eastern European countries and implementing the Belt and Road Initiative in Central and Eastern Europe. Ms. Huo hoped the project team to continue working hard to complete the remaining work of the project as planned, so that the Mozura wind power project can be presented as a model project at the 16+1 Summit to be held in Budapest in November this year.

Mr. Cui, who has long been paying close attention to SEP's wind power project in Montenegro, said that the government of Montenegro has formally approved the equity transfer of the project on August 31, which represented a substantive progress for the project. He hoped the project team to complete the project with persistent effort and take precautions against risks in construction safety and legal and business affairs. The embassy will keep on providing supporting services to the project.

After the site visit, the ambassadors went to the project department of Shanghai Electric Power Engineering (Montenegro) LLC (SEPEM) where they conveyed cordial greetings to the staff of SEPM and SEPEM in Montenegro.

The visit was accompanied by personnel from IREDL and SEPEM.