Electricity from the first wind power plant in Bosnia to be produced in November 2015

Electricity from the first wind power plant in Bosnia to be produced in November 2015

Construction of the first wind farm in BiH on the mountain Trusina, near Nevesinje, in which the British company “Kermas” will invest about 150 million KM, should be completed and put into operation in November next year, it has been confirmed to the daily Nezavisne Novine. Namely, in the next month should be signed the agreements

Construction of the first wind farm in BiH on the mountain Trusina, near Nevesinje, in which the British company “Kermas” will invest about 150 million KM, should be completed and put into operation in November next year, it has been confirmed to the daily Nezavisne Novine.

Namely, in the next month should be signed the agreements for the purchase of modern equipment and for the connection to the network, and the construction works will continue in early spring, which should, according to the announcements, be completed in November next year.

Apropos, at one of its last sessions, at the proposal of the Commission for Concessions of the Republic of Srpska, the Goverment of the RS gave approval to the company “Kermas” to become the majority shareholder in the concession company “Eol prvi” from Nevesinje, which is responsible for the project, thereby creating the conditions to start with the realization of investments in the construction of the first wind farm in the RS and BiH.

Zlatko Mandžuka, director of “Eol prvi” from Nevesinje said that the current activities relate to final negotiations with the manufacturer of the equipment, i.e. wind turbines and equipment for building a connection to the grid. “We expect that the contract for the purchase of equipment and contract to build a connection to the network, whose joint value is 120 million KM, will be signed by 15 January or within the next month,” said Mandžuka and added that these contracts will be signed in Nevesinje, the seat of the concessionaire “Eol prvi”.

As for the choice of equipment, Mandžuka said that “Eol prvi”, as the concessionaire, opted for the world’s largest turbines, manufacturered by the Danish “Vestas”. As he pointed out, the contract on network connection, as expected, will be signed with the local company specializing in the affairs of this kind.

According to him, “Transco BiH” is a great help and professional support in the realization of this project

“Recently we have sent them the project of the transmission line for review, and the same will be done with the project of building a substation. ‘Transco BiH’ shall be the supervisory authority during the building of the connection of the Trusina wind farm to the existing transmission network,” Mandžuka said, adding that they expected to sign the contract on network connection with “Transco BiH” no later than the end of this month. Due to the specific nature of a wind farm as an energy plant, Mandžuka said that construction works are only about ten percent of the investment.

“Because of he climate on Trusina mountain, where the altitude is 1000 meters, the new construction season will begin at the end of March next year. The construction works will be carried out over a period of five months, which will be enough until the opening of the Trusina wind farm and beginning of operation in November next year,” he said. Furthermore, he states that the construction works will partly include local building companies.

Mandžuka reiterated that the strategic partner for the construction of the wind farm is the company “Kermas”, owned by Danko Končar, who lives and works in London and is originally from this region. The company, which, among other things, deals with energy, operates in many countries of the world, and its value is estimated at more than 1.5 billion euros.

The Trusina wind farm will produce annually, as expected, about 160,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, which means that the
first wind farm in the RS will supply about 40,000 households, or a city with about 160,000 people.

Apropos, in October 2012, the RS Government granted to the company “Eol prvi” a concession for 30 years to build a wind farm with 17 turbines on Trusina, of total installed capacity of 51 megawatt. The height of the wind turbines will be 84 meters and the diameter of the rotor wing 112 meters. Under the Energy Development Strategy of the RS by 2030, the most promising area for construction of wind farms is particularly east Herzegovina, the area from ​​Kalinovik to Trebinje.

People of the municipality of Nevesinje, where this wind farm will be located, told us that the construction of the wind farm could be a driver of economic development in the municipality, and that they hope for engagement of business entities in the construction of the wind farm, and also new jobs. They expressed their hope that this major project will be put into operation within the time frame.

150 million KM will be invested in the first wind farm in the RS

160,000 megawatt-hours of electricity will be produced by this wind farm annually

40,000 households in the RS will be supplied with electricity

Source: Nezavisne novine

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