Croatian company SEM 1986 is planning the construction of the first wind power plant in Croatia's Split-Dalmatia district. To be located in the Kostanja area, 30 kilometres northwest of Omis, it will comprise 14 turbines totalling 12 MW, assuming it gets all necessary approvals. The company hopes to have the EUR 12 million project completed by the end of next year. "We are seeking a foreign partner for this venture, a company that has experience in this area," says the company's Durdica Mitrovic, adding it has already had contacts with interested partners, mainly wind turbine manufacturers. As soon as SEM receives a building license, it will initiate negotiations with Croatian power monopoly HEP for a power purchase contract. An environmental impact study is currently being prepared and should be completed by November, says Mitrovic. "In order to receive the license and thus start the project, it was necessary to prepare a series of studies, including one on bats and birds in the area," she explained. The Split-Dalmatia district recently announced that 24 potential locations are available for wind development in the area based on recent assessments -- no wind plants will be allowed on islands or within 1000 metres of the coast and turbines must be installed at least 500 metres from settlements and tourist facilities. There are just two operational wind plants in Croatia, one on the island of Pag owned by Croatian-German company Adria Wind Power and a second, owned by German company Enersis, near Sibenik in the Trtar-Krtolin area.
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