German wind farm developer EnerSys is investing EUR 12.5 million in the construction of its first wind farm in Croatia at Trtar-Krtolin near Sibenik on the Adriatic coast. When complete, 14 Enercon E48 wind turbine generators with a total capacity of 11.2 MW will produce 32,000 MWh annually. This is twice the production of Croatia's first wind power plant on the island of Pag (owned by Adria Wind Power) and is expected to meet the electricity needs of all households in Sibenik. According to Zeljko Samardzic, the head of EnerSys-Inzenjering, EnerSys' Croatian subsidiary, "the preparations for the construction of the Sibenik wind power plant lasted nearly four years, mostly due to the lack of legal regulations." He says the problem has been temporarily bridged by signing a 15 year agreement with Croatian power utility Hrvatska Elektropriveda (HEP) for the purchase of all electricity produced by the plant. Construction work will last around five months and, when completed, the plant will be managed by Bremen-based WPD and EnerSys. During 2006, EnerSys will also start work on a similar sized project in the same area, at Orlice, with 12 turbines. The president of the local Chamber of Commerce, Zdravko Skender, has proposed that, since Sibenik will soon have three wind power plants, it should become a centre for coordination and servicing of Croatian wind power plants. Croatia is seeking to significantly reduce the country's dependence on energy imports and, as an EU accession country, to comply with EU renewable energy policy. An electricity supply regulation is currently being drafted.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol