Slovenia: 400MEUR for ten new hydro power plants at Sava River

, SEE Energy News

Economic Committee of Slovenian Government debated on plan of ten new hydro power plants construction in the middle course of the Slovenian part of the Sava River, and the government will finally made decision on it this week. Urban plans for three first hydro power plants (Suhadol, Trbovlje and Renke) have been drafted, for whose construction is necessary to provide 400 MEUR.

According the current predictions the entire chain of ten hydro power palnts would be built in the next twenty years. The project value is estimated at 1.5 billion EUR. Hydro power plants with power of 15 to 68 megawatts would have total production of 1.029 gigawatt hours of electricity.

Within the project of hydro power plant construction on the middle course of the Sava, Slovenia will also finance a flood protection system, and respect the restrictions arising from the ecological area Natura 2000. New reservoirs on the Sava River will affect its regulation and the flow rate at which have already influenced the hydro power plants in the lower course of the Slovenian part of the Sava built in the previous year, to the Croatian border, built with the consent of Croatia due to the cross-border impact, and it is a project that soon comes to the end.

The foundation stone placing for the hydro power plant Krsko is announced for the end of next, which is the closest to the Croatian border, and for which have been issued building and other permits this month.

Director of hydropower plants on the lower Sava (HESS) Bogdan Barbic told on Tuesday for “Delo” from Ljubljana that construction would take 42 months and did not expect any difficulties with the provision of 118MEUR, how much would cost only part of the energy investment.

As for the infrastructure portion of the investment in hydro power plant Krsko and it has to do with the reservoir construction, confluents solution and road construction, it is necessary to provide another 173MEUR, of which 75 MEUR already has been approved by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Source; Serbia Energy See Desk