Tender to be called soon for Ljubinje solar plant

Republika Srpska en route to get an 80 MW solar power plant in the next two years.

Blueprints for a solar power plant Ljubinje, Republika Srpska (RS) have been drawn up, and required documents have been secured to start its construction. Ljubinje Mayor Darko Krunić indicated that the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining is due to call a tender for an investor. Local media reports that total expected investment into the 80 MW power plant is around EUR 72 million, and that the local authorities expect roughly EUR 200,000 in annual revenue concessions.

Krunić mentioned that the project will be financed completely by a company from Austria, the name of which he did not disclose, adding that Austrian experts have toured the planned construction site.

“These are investors who are not asking for any government stimulus, and who have secured the sale of all electric energy they produce,” Krunić said.

State-run Radio TV Bosnia and Herzegovina reported that the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining confirmed that companies from Austria and Turkey have expressed interest in the project. The RS government has decided to start the proceedings to allocate concessions for the solar power plant, and the ministry added that it would published conditions for the concession and call a tender soon.

According to Krunić, following the tendering process there will be a two-year deadline to complete construction of the new power plant. Meanwhile, Ljubinje’s municipal authorities have secured 70 hectares of land near the town of Stolac on which to build a solar farm. National media have reported that the new solar power plant would be the biggest of its kind in the country.

Power company Elektroprivreda RS (EPRS) Distribution Directorate Director Dalibor Muratović said that the new plant will provide roughly 2.5% of RS’ annual power needs.

“According to our production balance for 2018, small hydropower plants, solar plants and bio-gas powered plants are expected to produce some 325 GW of electric energy, with hydropower plants producing the majority of power,” Muratović said. “Solar plants will provide just 7.5 GWh.”

As the investors plan to plant-produced power on the market, they will be obligated to build an accompanying power transfer network of more than 10 kilometres.

Source: Balkan Green News