The state company "Elektroprivreda BiH" (EP) announced yesterday an international tender for the supply and delivery of 15 wind turbines and electrical equipment, thus officially began the implementation of the project of building wind farms Podveležje in Mostar.
It is an investment of 162 million marks (83.2 million euros), and “Elektroprivreda” this funding already secured from the loan from the Development Bank of Germany (KfW Bank), of which nearly 40 million are out of their own funds (funds of “Elektroprivreda”).
Senad Salkic, CEO EPBIH for capital investment, confirmed for “Avaz” this information. According to him, the installed capacity of wind power in Podveležje will amount to 48 MW and annual energy production of 115 gigawatts. This will be the first wind farm built in BiH, which will be owned by the state.
– This is the biggest investment EPBIH after the war, higher even than the project of building hydroelectric power plant Vranduk, whose implementation is in progress. The first kilowatts of electricity is expected by the end of 2018, and what is important to note is that this is the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources – said Salkic.
Mostar City Council passed a decision to build a wind farm in 2007, but since then has not begun implementation of this project.
“Elektroprivreda BiH” has recently, with representatives of the Government of HNK and the City of Mostar, signed an agreement on investment in the construction of local roads, worth one million marks.
– When it comes to the construction of this project, it is divided into four parts, and there will also be the construction of transmission lines, and substations and local roads. I believe that this project will finish on schedule – says Salkic.
The wind farm in Podveležje has been recognized as one of the projects that supports environmental conservation and energy efficiency and the strategic objectives of the “Elektroprivreda BiH”, which won the concession over this project for 30 years.
– 162 million project value
– 48 MW of installed capacity
– 115 gigawatts of annual electricity production