Croatia's biggest wind plant due online

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Croatia's biggest wind power plant, phase two of the Trtar-Krtolin development near Sibenik, is due online this month. Owned by two German companies, WPD International and Enersys Geselleschaft, the project is financed with a EUR 13 million loan from Bank Austria Creditanstalt and Zagrebacka Banka. Construction work began in 2001. The plant's 14 Enercon turbines with a combined capacity of 11.2 MW it will produce 32,000 MWh a year, enough to meet the needs of 10,000 households. The electricity produced will be sold to national power company Hrvatska Elektroprivreda under a 15 year contract. The 11.2 MW adds to the seven turbines already operating at Pag, the first phase of the development which now totals 16.8 MW. While Croatia has potential for around 600 MW of wind power, permits have been approved for just two more plant -- one near Obrovac, the other on the island of Vis.

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