Test run for 42 MW Vratarusa wind project

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The developers of the largest wind farm in Croatia so far, the 42 MW Vratarusa project of Vestas turbines, were preparing to test run the plant just before the new year. Thirteen Vestas 3 MW turbines have been added to the first Vestas units at the remote site of Senj, in the Licko-Senjska district, by Croatian firm Valalta and Germany's Wallenborn Projektentwicklung. Electricity will be transmitted by underground cable to the long distance Senj-Crikvenica power line. Construction of a transformer station is almost done. The plant is expected to produce around 125 GWh of electricity a year and is costing an estimated HRK 420 million (EUR 57 million). Revenues are subject to a local 2% tax. The partners submitted a request in October 2007 to install a second wind plant in the municipality of Lanisce, but other companies are interested in developing wind farms in the Cicarija Mountains and the application is pending. Preliminary measurements suggest a potential 80 MW is feasible in the Cicarija.

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