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Electricity is available to us with a “click”, but its evolution is long, brilliant, exceptional. That is why we have created the “Exhibition Center Matka”, a place where young people can learn about electricity and its origins, its flow, and its sources. A place where one can always learn something more. We invite you to visit us. .

ABOUT THE CENTER

The importance of the site, originally as protected area and "Natural monument" in 1994 by the City Hall, and then its technical and historical significance, were one of the reason EVN Macedonia started the building of the Exhibition Center Matka. Displayed in the centre are several exhibits that explain the history of electricity, the beginnings of the power plant as well as the modern ways of producing electricity. The hydropower plant is located on the River Treska, at the exit of the gorge, near Matka village, which is a 14 km trip from Skopje. The Canyon Matka, which includes HPP Matka have since been an integral part of the city

History

In the thirties of the last century, an artificial lake was built at the exit of the canyon on Lake Treska, with a concrete dam for electricity production. Construction work on the dam began in 1935 and HPP began operations in 1938 with an installed capacity of 4.2 MW.

The construction was extensive and it was a collective venture, a capital project of its time, but credits for its construction can be attributed to Professor. Dr. Miladin Pekinar the author of the project, the designer and the man supervising the construction. When the dam was completed, Pekinar standing on its top shouted: "If you the dam goes, let the one who envisioned it go with it”.

During the Second World War, HPP Matka was one of the strategic objects around which battles were fought. It was the target of bombing in the military operations during the retreat of the fascist forces. Even an attempt was made to blow the dam up, but heroic group of partizans heroically defended Matka. The dam of HPP Matka has rescued Skopje from floods several times, during the great flood in 1962 and 1979 when the dam held a huge amount of water and contributed to the prevention of major disaster.

In 2008 it has been reconstructed and a completely new hydropower plan has been built. With the construction of the new powerhouse, located near the old, the old powerhouse ceased operation, after which in 2016 was transformed into an educational and exhibition center.

Natural beauties

The area of the canyon where HPP Matka stands is an area with high levels of biodiversity, endemism and heterogeneity. The total number of species of fauna registered on the territory of the protected Canyon Matka area reaches 1474, which is relatively high level of diversity of species. Also, the presence of 58 endemic species of invertebrates has been confirmed, of which 13 species are Balkan endemics, 26 species are national endemics and 19 species are local endemics.

"Matka" is the oldest artificial lake in Macedonia. Lake water is used for producing electricity and for irrigation of the surrounding countryside. The underwater Vrelo Cave, one of the deepest caves in Europe, with a depth more than 203m, and a dozen more caves, are located in this lake..

In the waters of the River Treska a presence of 13 native fish species has been determined. gudgeon, narrow-tail gudgeon, black barbel, white barbel, Vardar nase, Vardar chub, common nase, Alburnus macedonicus are Balkan endemics, while the Macedonian trout species and the zingel are national endemics. Also, the presence of 32 species of amphibians and reptiles has been determined.

Contact

Schedule a visit to the exhibition center Matka at matka@evn.mk

Electricity is available to us with a “click”, but its evolution is long, brilliant, exceptional. That is why we have created the “Exhibition Center Matka”, a place where young people can learn about electricity and its origins, its flow, and its sources. A place where one can always learn something more. We invite you to visit us.

ABOUT THE CENTER

The importance of the site, originally as protected area and "Natural monument" in 1994 by the City Hall, and then its technical and historical significance, were one of the reason EVN Macedonia started the building of the Exhibition Center Matka. Displayed in the centre are several exhibits that explain the history of electricity, the beginnings of the power plant as well as the modern ways of producing electricity. The hydropower plant is located on the River Treska, at the exit of the gorge, near Matka village, which is a 14 km trip from Skopje. The Canyon Matka, which includes HPP Matka have since been an integral part of the city and an inseparable part of the history.

HYDROPOWER PLANT

BLOCK TRANSFORMER

History

In the thirties of the last century, an artificial lake was built at the exit of the canyon on Lake Treska, with a concrete dam for electricity production. Construction work on the dam began in 1935 and HPP began operations in 1938 with an installed capacity of 4.2 MW.

The construction was extensive and it was a collective venture, a capital project of its time, but credits for its construction can be attributed to Professor. Dr. Miladin Pekinar the author of the project, the designer and the man supervising the construction. When the dam was completed, Pekinar standing on its top shouted: "If you the dam goes, let the one who envisioned it go with it”.

During the Second World War, HPP Matka was one of the strategic objects around which battles were fought. It was the target of bombing in the military operations during the retreat of the fascist forces. Even an attempt was made to blow the dam up, but heroic group of partizans heroically defended Matka. The dam of HPP Matka has rescued Skopje from floods several times, during the great flood in 1962 and 1979 when the dam held a huge amount of water and contributed to the prevention of major disaster.

In 2008 it has been reconstructed and a completely new hydropower plan has been built. With the construction of the new powerhouse, located near the old, the old powerhouse ceased operation, after which in 2016 was transformed into an educational and exhibition center.

HYDROPOWER PLANT

BLOCK TRANSFORMER

History

In the thirties of the last century, an artificial lake was built at the exit of the canyon on Lake Treska, with a concrete dam for electricity production. Construction work on the dam began in 1935 and HPP began operations in 1938 with an installed capacity of 4.2 MW.

The construction was extensive and it was a collective venture, a capital project of its time, but credits for its construction can be attributed to Professor. Dr. Miladin Pekinar the author of the project, the designer and the man supervising the construction. When the dam was completed, Pekinar standing on its top shouted: "If you the dam goes, let the one who envisioned it go with it”.

During the Second World War, HPP Matka was one of the strategic objects around which battles were fought. It was the target of bombing in the military operations during the retreat of the fascist forces. Even an attempt was made to blow the dam up, but heroic group of partizans heroically defended Matka. The dam of HPP Matka has rescued Skopje from floods several times, during the great flood in 1962 and 1979 when the dam held a huge amount of water and contributed to the prevention of major disaster.

In 2008 it has been reconstructed and a completely new hydropower plan has been built. With the construction of the new powerhouse, located near the old, the old powerhouse ceased operation, after which in 2016 was transformed into an educational and exhibition center.

POWER LINE

Natural beauties

The area of the canyon where HPP Matka stands is an area with high levels of biodiversity, endemism and heterogeneity. The total number of species of fauna registered on the territory of the protected Canyon Matka area reaches 1474, which is relatively high level of diversity of species. Also, the presence of 58 endemic species of invertebrates has been confirmed, of which 13 species are Balkan endemics, 26 species are national endemics and 19 species are local endemics.

"Matka" is the oldest artificial lake in Macedonia. Lake water is used for producing electricity and for irrigation of the surrounding countryside. The underwater Vrelo Cave, one of the deepest caves in Europe, with a depth more than 203m, and a dozen more caves, are located in this lake.

In the waters of the River Treska a presence of 13 native fish species has been determined. gudgeon, narrow-tail gudgeon, black barbel, white barbel, Vardar nase, Vardar chub, common nase, Alburnus macedonicus are Balkan endemics, while the Macedonian trout species and the zingel are national endemics. Also, the presence of 32 species of amphibians and reptiles has been determined.

POWER LINE

Natural beauties

The area of the canyon where HPP Matka stands is an area with high levels of biodiversity, endemism and heterogeneity. The total number of species of fauna registered on the territory of the protected Canyon Matka area reaches 1474, which is relatively high level of diversity of species. Also, the presence of 58 endemic species of invertebrates has been confirmed, of which 13 species are Balkan endemics, 26 species are national endemics and 19 species are local endemics.

"Matka" is the oldest artificial lake in Macedonia. Lake water is used for producing electricity and for irrigation of the surrounding countryside. The underwater Vrelo Cave, one of the deepest caves in Europe, with a depth more than 203m, and a dozen more caves, are located in this lake.

In the waters of the River Treska a presence of 13 native fish species has been determined. gudgeon, narrow-tail gudgeon, black barbel, white barbel, Vardar nase, Vardar chub, common nase, Alburnus macedonicus are Balkan endemics, while the Macedonian trout species and the zingel are national endemics. Also, the presence of 32 species of amphibians and reptiles has been determined.

CONTACT

Schedule a visit to the exhibition center Matka at matka@evn.mk