BANJA LUKA (Bosnia and Herzegovina), August 26 (SeeNews) – The energy ministry of Bosnia’s Serb Republic said on Wednesday the 4 MW Zapece small hydro power plant (SHPP) in the municipality of Knezevo has been brought on stream.
The 14 million euro ($16 million) SHPP, with a planned annual output of 14 GWh, was launched in cooperation with the entity's environment ministry, Austrian energy group Kl-Kelag and Slovenia’s Interenergo, the energy ministry said in a press release.
At the moment there are 123 active concessions in the Serb Republic that have been allocated for the construction of several power plants, most of which would use hydro power, energy minister Petar Djokic said.
He added that the cooperation with Kelag and Interenergo has yielded several important energy projects with the next small hydro power plant, Medna, set to begin operating at the beginning of 2017.
Speaking of future energy projects, Djokic said that the government is determined to initiate the construction of thermal power plant (TPP) Gacko 2 and that it has already commenced activities on TPP Ugljevik 3. Concerning hydro energy, he added that HPP Dabar is currently under construction and that works on HPP Buk on the river Drina will follow.
The Serb Republic is also in a position to tap its wind energy resources with the 49 MW Trusina wind farm in Nevesinje scheduled to be launched in 2017 and the concession for the 48 MW Hrgud wind farm set to be awarded in the next few days.
The entity’s power utility, Elektroprivreda RS, should lead the construction of the Hrgud wind farm as well as that of other energy facilities in the Serb Republic, Djokic said.
The Serb Republic is one of the two autonomous entities that form Bosnia and Herzegovina. The other one is the Muslim-Croat Federation.
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