Croatia: HPP Dubrovnik back online no sooner than January 2020

, SEE Energy News

According to local media, Croatian state-owned power utility HEP is planning to put its hydropower plant Dubrovnik back in operation in January 2020, a year after the fatal fire at the facility.

Local media claim that HEP’s internal documents read that the first unit of the power plant will be relauched in January, while the second will be put into operation in March. This was agreed after negotiations with the representatives of Bosnian power utility ERS, since HPP Dubrovnik uses water from the Bilecko lake, located in the Republic of Srpska, while ERS is entitled to a portion of the plant’s electricity production.

In January 2019, fire broke out at hydropower plant Dubrovnik, in which three employees lost their lives. The investigation found that the fire was caused by flammable ceiling panels which were installed during the plant’s latest overhaul. According to unofficial information, HEP is losing about 140,000 euros per day due to the plant’s inoperability.