Bosnia's 51 MW wind farm Mesihovina to be commissioned by end-2017
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Bosnian power utility Elektroprivreda HZHB said on Friday the assembly of wind turbines at the 51 MW wind farm in Mesihovina will begin next month, as the entire project will be completed by end-2017.
Austria's Strabag has completed the construction of access roads and crane platforms, with the 22 turbines due to go up shortly, EP HZHB said in a statement.
Earlier this year, the utility signed a memorandum of understanding with USAID to speed up the construction of the wind farm, located in the municipality of Tomislavgrad.
In April last year, the power utility announced it has awarded a 71.9 million euro ($81.9 million) contract for the construction of the first lot of the wind farm to a consortium led by German engineering group Siemens.
The second lot was awarded to a consortium consisting of Croatia's ABB and Elektrocentar Petek for 4.3 million euro.
Construction works are being financed with a loan from German development bank KfW and a 1 million euro donation from the German government.
Elektroprivreda HZHB, the smallest of the three Bosnian state-owned power utilities, is based in the Federation. The country's largest power utility is Elektroprivreda BiH, also based in the Federation, which together with the Serb Republic forms war-divided Bosnia and Herzegovina. Elektroprivreda RS is the power utility of the Serb Republic.