The realization of two megaprojects, the Kosinj hydropower system and the Senj 2 hydro power plant, has begun in Lika, and the investment is worth 3.4 billion kunas (EUR 450 million), the Zagreb-based Vecernji List daily reports.
This is the second phase of the Senj hydropower system, of a total capacity of 412 MW, the Hina agency reports.
The development of this project, with occasional pauses, has been ongoing for decades, and the current management of Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP) has only just now reached investment decisions for both segments of that project and initiated the investment.
Positive decisions on the environmental feasibility of both structures and location permits were obtained, in 2019 for Kosinj and in 2020 for Senj 2.
Along with the construction of these two large structures, tunnels and roads, the project involves the flooding of villages, the payment of compensation to all residents, the construction of a residential building, proper storage of cultural and other goods from the area to be flooded, churches and as many as five graveyards, Vecernji List writes.