Croatia: Trial operation for Senj wind farm in September

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The Senj wind farm project includes the construction of 39 wind turbines with an individual capacity of 4 MW on an area of 65 square kilometers, of which 29 wind turbines are located in the area of the City of Senj, and ten in the municipality of Brinje. According to Croatian media, the largest wind farm in Croatia, currently being built in the Senj hinterlands, will be completed in September, when it is expected to enter trial operation. Works on the construction of the wind farm started in July 2019, and by the end of last year, 70 % of the entire project had been completed, including foundations for all wind turbines.

In late 2017, Chinese Norinco International Cooperation has bought a 76 % stake in Croatian company Energija Projekt for 32 million euros. With this investment, the Chinese investor has taken over the rights for construction and operation of a wind farm of installed power output of 156 MW near Senj with estimated annual electricity generation of 530 GWh. The wind farm should consist of 39 wind turbines with 4 MW power output each. Produced electricity will be sold directly on the market, which means that this will be the first major greenfield project in wind energy that will not receive incentives from the Government. In July 2018, Norinco obtained the building permit and it was initially expected that the wind farm would be built within two years.