The Quality Series

EL POWER: Albania’s Electrical Infrastructure Construction and Planning Leader

Based in the capital city of Tirana, a young, capable firm is taking Albania’s electrical transmission and distribution systems into the 21st century

© 2016 D. Veg / R. Ulmena

Albania, a small country located on the southwest portion of Balkan Peninsula, with coastlines on both the Adriatic and Ionian seas, is a quickly growing regional economic power. The reason for its sudden uptick in growth is in part its active international outreach—once a politically isolated country, Albania is now actively seeking cooperation with partners both large and small around the world. This has resulted in an influx of investment capital, and a swath of new business opportunities for Albanian companies. Also, with the development of its domestic infrastructure, the country is building a strong platform on which new businesses, institutions, and organizations can work.

At the center of Albania’s economic footprint is Tirana, the country’s capital and largest city. Here, the Albania’s vast and rugged landscapes, traditional mediterranean agricultural plots and villas, and its many ancient archaeological sites give way to a more modern metropolitan landscape. Organized around the sprawling Skanderbeg Square, Tirana is home to Albania’s biggest and most-respected educational and cultural institutions, as well as the bulk of its major media outlets and businesses. As the governmental center of the country, Tirana is where the work of connecting Albania with the world largely takes place, and this work takes several forms.

For one, the electricity sector is incredibly important in Albania, and this includes every aspect of the country’s production, transmission, and distribution infrastructure. Electrical production capacity comes almost entirely from clean, renewable hydroelectric power plants. With its extensive mountainous terrain and eight major river systems running through the country, Albania is well suited for hydropower, and its production capacity is unusually high with a technology that is widely sought-after for its ability to produce emission-free power year round. Even with all of this hydropower production capacity, however, Albania is losing a lot of energy in transmission, due to antiquated and insufficient transmission and distribution systems. The creation of new electrical infrastructure is now a central concern in Albania, and luckily, there is a handful of capable Albanian firms working in the sector, most notable among them being El Power.

© 2016 D. Veg / R. Ulmena

Based in Tirana, El Power is a leader in the fields of construction, planning, design, and inspection of electricity transmission lines, substations, and distribution systems in Albania. Founded in 2011, the company has found great success over the past 5 years due to its dedication to providing its clients with work done with speed, efficiency, and Quality, all at a competitive price that makes its value proposition nearly unbeatable. Its past projects include the planning and construction of large-scale above ground and underground cable systems, used both for the transmission of electricity and telecommunications, the planning and construction of electrical substations, and working with connecting hydroelectric power plants, engineering networks, and civil and industrial facilities.

The large, modern transmission towers that El Power has built across the country—perhaps the company’s flagship projects—are visible from space. But these transmission lines are more than just impressive structures. It requires sophisticated and flexible planning skills to pull off projects like this, and the process of proposing, licensing, and listening to concerns from all stakeholders requires a creative imagination and a truly positive and determined attitude. Moving large amounts of electricity with efficiency, in the end, is of great benefit to all, and this ability to unite all interested parties to create something larger than themselves is one of El Power’s great abilities as a firm.

So where does El Power’s Quality come from? For one, from its creativity as planners and finding solutions. Secondly, it comes from its honesty and dependability. El Power always acts in the best interest of its clients and its community, and client satisfaction is of the utmost importance. Thirdly, El Power maintains a strong commitment to the principles of Quality Management, including the all-important philosophy of pursuing continuous improvement. Still a young firm, El Power has a bright future, and word of its earnest pursuit of valuable creation and quality is spreading. As it grows and develops, so will its home country, its clients, and its importance in the sector. For its centrality in the development of Albania, its solid Quality fundamentals, and its ability to unite communities and find solutions for a common goal, Business Initiative Directions has elected to bestow the 2016 BID International Quality Award to El Power, one of the most prestigious recognitions of organizational quality that highlights excellence around the globe.


BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.