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Group set up for development of first geothermal power project in Serbia

Working group meeting in Vojvodina, Serbia (source: Vrbas.net)
Alexander Richter 7 Oct 2019

A working group of Serbian partners and French ES Geothermie has been set up to help develop Serbia's first geothermal power plant project in Vojvodina.

As reported today from Serbia, a working group to facilitate the development of the first geothermal power plant projects in Serbia’s northern province of Vojvodina has been set up.

At the invitation of the Provincial Secretariat for Energy, Construction and Transport and the French companies ES Geothermie, Milan Glusac, Mayor of Vrbas, last week participated in the establishment of a Working Group for the Improvement of the Development of Geothermal Power Plant Projects in the Territory of AP Vojvodina. This working group has set itself the goal of realizing the first geothermal power plants and supplying district heating systems and industry from the existing Vojvodina geothermal potentials.

As said, the activities of this body are based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Provincial Government and the French company ES Geothermie in March 2017, during the visit of French President Emanuel Macron to Serbia, under which a protocol on further cooperation was signed in order to realize this project. . 

In addition to Glushac, Natasa Lazarevic, IEL OIE Balkan Renewable Energy, Jean Jacques Graff, ES Geothermie CEO, Justine Mouchot, GOSPEL Project Manager, Danijela Rados, Rudolf Tot and Slavoljub Arsenijevic of the Provincial Energy Secretariat, became members of the working group. construction and traffic, Milan Popovic from NIS Gazprom, Ivana Demic from the NIS Naftagas Scientific and Technical Center, Bojan Bogdanovic from the EBRD, Miroslav Ciculic, director of the Kikinda heating plant, and Davor Andrasic, manager of the Subotica thermal power plant. 

“The first, founding meeting was an opportunity to exchange experiences with members of the Working Group coming from France and to introduce models and solutions that are current in this European country. The municipality of Vrbas has great geothermal potential, and that recommended us for membership in this body. We hope that new, modern solutions for the use of this energy will be feasible in our case as well, and that in the future we will be able to use geothermal wealth for the benefit of the citizens of Vrbas municipality. we also have a leading role in the contemporary use of geothermal potentials, “Glusac said after the meeting.

As we reported earlier this year,  the GeOthermal Serbian Pilot projects for hEat and eLectricity (GOSPEL) initiative was largely financed by the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance and backed by the Vojvodina government. The study worked on under the partnership identified 4 feasible industrial projects for deep geothermal energy in Serbia, including Subotica, Kikinda, and Sremska Mitrovica – Ruma.

Source: Balkan Green Energy News, Vrbas.net