Serbia Seeks $1.8 Billion From China for Power Plants, Roads

Serbia has asked China for $1.8 billion of loans to help build new roads and power plants.

The funds would be disbursed through Export-Import Bank of China to finance more than 300 kilometers (190 miles) of new highways in Serbia as well as expand the Kostolac coal-fired plants east of Belgrade, where China Machinery Engineering Corp. is already involved in an upgrade, Serbia’s Finance Ministry said on its website today.

Chinese builders would be hired for the planned projects and contracts may be ready for signing in the first quarter of 2013, according to the statement released after Finance Minister Mladjan Dinkic met with a Chinese government delegation in Belgrade.

The new highways would link Serbia’s biggest northern city, Novi Sad, with the western city of Loznica, and add sections in central Serbia, the statement said. Adding a unit at Kostolac may begin in 2014. Serbia asked China in September for $1.1 billion for new highways.

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