Work on Croatia’s 2nd geothermal plant starting this summer

Work on Croatia’s 2nd geothermal plant starting this summer Meeting of Geo Power Zagocha with local mayor (source:
Alexander Richter 10 Apr 2021

Croatian investor with Turkish partner announces that construction of Croatia's second geothermal power plant will be kicking off in the summer of 2021.

Reported locally, development company Geo Power Zagocha will begin construction of a 20 MW geothermal power plant this summer. The exploration license for the Slatina 2 geothermal area was issued in 2018 by the Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency. We previously reported on the project.

The project is worth EUR 71m (USD 97.4 million) and the facility will be located in Cadavica, Virovitsa-Podravina County.

Last year, the company launched the procedure for obtaining approval for the construction of the Slatina 2 block. The announcement came after a meeting between Dragan Juril, the investor’s representative, Igor Androvic, the district’s representative, and Chadjavica Mayor Mirko Roncevic. Virovitsa-Podravina District announced that a permit had been issued for the location of the plant.

“After the completion of the geothermal power plant in Velika Ciglena near Belovar, we started considering another investment and found a place with geothermal potential better than that in Velika Ciglena,” said Juril, adding that implementation could begin in the summer of 2021. The Velika 1 geothermal power plant in Velika Chiglena, with an installed capacity of 16.5 MW, was officially opened in November 2019.

It is operated by Turkey’s MB Holding, which signed a contract two months earlier to design another geothermal power plant, Legrad, with an installed capacity of 19.9 MW. Four more geothermal licenses were issued in October last year. Mayor Mirko Roncevic said Chadjavica would benefit from large-scale production of electricity from renewable sources, while the county’s representative, Igor Androvic, said it was the largest investment in the area so far.

Another project was planned by the group, but the Legrad-1 site has now been assigned to the Turkish company Soyak.