The first of the three generators at the REK Bitola coal plant is offline, warns VMRO-DPMNE in a statement. The key energy generating capacity in Macedonia is suffering from years of neglect and corruption, which caused spikes in the energy prices.

Not a day goes by without a serious defect in the plant. The collapse in the plant comes as temperatures are going down and demand is increasing. Meanwhile, only 5 diggers are at work in the Suvodol coal mine, and one more at the Brod Gneotino mine. This leaves the plant with reserves of just 30,000 tons of coal, the opposition party said in a statement.