According to the project's EIA, the station would consist of two 800 MW coal-fired units, a jetty for handling the imported coal, a transmission line connecting the local substation to Tirana's main substation, and an undersea transmission line linking the facility with Italy. Eighty-five percent of the electricity produced would be exported to Italy.
Electricity output per year will be about 13 TWh – twice as much as all the electricity produced in and imported to Albania in 2005, showing the enormous scale of the project.
The TPP would burn coal delivered to the site by boat, using a
new 950 metre long pier adjacent to the site fence. Coal consumption would be about 240 t/h for each unit. For about 8000 hours per year of operating time, the total quantity of coal used every year by the TPP will be about 3,850,000 tonnes (consumption for two units). South African coal has been considered as the reference fuel.
According to the EIA the TPP would produce 44,800 tonnes of bottom ashes and 401,600 tonnes of fly ashes annually. According to the EIA the Suspended Particulate Matter emission rates from wind erosion of the piles in the two stock areas would be 0.281 kg/h for coal and 0.0398 kg/h for limestone.
The CO2 emissions from the TPP would be 1,166 tonnes per hour, that for 8,000 hours of operation annually amounts to 9 328 000 tonnes/year. The current CO2 emissions of Albania are 5.5 million tonnes 11 without LUCF 12, so the emissions from the power plant would bring Albania to almost 15 million tonnes. This means that the GHG emissions of Albania would be increased 2.5 times compared to current emissions, and this as a result of only one TPP.