German company Jure Energija will soon start work on eight turbines with a combined capacity of 12 MW at Prpusa in the municipality of Sestanovac near Dubrovnik. "All the necessary documents, including the location and construction permits, as well as the authorisations from the local and regional authorities have finally arrived. We are now only waiting for our project to be included in the spatial plan of the Splitsko-dalmatinski district," says Jure Mula, director of Jura Energija. Annual electricity production from the wind farm, the first in the Dubrovnik area, is estimated at 21 million kWh. Jure Energija is investing around EUR 20 million in the project and is estimating a return on investments in 15 to 20 years. Although he has succeeded in obtaining the necessary authorisations, Mula says there are other investors planning to build 350 MW of wind power in Croatia. "Besides eight companies that have already completed projects, there are another 12-13 that are currently conducting wind measurements at several locations in Dalmatia, on the Adriatic coast," according to Jura. Although potential investors have received verbal support for their projects, in practice they have been waiting three years for the necessary regulations to be passed and to resolve their mutual relationship with Croatian power monopoly HEP.
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