Study determines action plan for geothermal development in Serbia

Study determines action plan for geothermal development in Serbia The city of Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia (source: flickr/ p medved, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 1 Nov 2012

As part of an EU funded project, Icelandic Mannvit and Spanish company EPTISA recently presented the results of their pre-feasibility study on geothermal utilization and its potential for heat and power in Serbia, formulating an action plan and a vision for the industry in the country.

In early October, a conference to introduce the outcome of EU-IPA program funded pre-feasibility studies done by Icelandic company Mannvit and Spanish EPTISA on geothermal energy utilization and combined heat and power (CHP) potential in Serbia was held on October 8th at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. “The event was attended by high-ranking government officials, public and private entities.

Mannvit as a member of a consortium led by the Spanish consulting firm EPTISA recently finalized the project under the contract “Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency” EUROPEAID/129768/C/SER/RS. The consulting project was conducted on behalf of the Serbian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy to explore renewable energy sources, specifically geothermal energy and CHP potential. The consortium selected the three most favorable areas in close cooperation with the ministry and conducted pre-feasibility studies for geothermal utilization at Bogatic, Mataruska Spa and Vrbas. The team also formulated an action plan, detailing the vision for the geothermal industry in Serbia, identifying barriers and suggesting solutions to overcome existing obstacles to further development and increase utilization.

The wrap-up event was held at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce on October 8th to introduce the results of the pre-feasibility studies for geothermal energy utilization, CHP and proposed action plans for further advancement in this field. Guests at the event were from a number of municipalities and district heating companies, representatives from faculties and scientific bodies, NGOs, international financial institutions and developers.

The Assistant Minister of Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection, Mr. Dejan Trifunovic, welcomed participating guests and Mr. Gligo Vukovic Project Manager, Operations II, Transport and Energy in the EU Delegation to Serbia gave an introduction on the project. Thereafter the results of the project were introduced by experts within the project, both for the geothermal energy utilization and CHP.”

There have been reports on companies doing initial work on geothermal projects in Serbia, by Russian Gazprom and Canadian Reservoir Capital.

Source: Mannvit