Source: eKapija | Thursday, 19.11.2020.| 08:54
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Construction of Basaid Wind Farm Near Kikinda to Begin Next Year – French Investor Also Plans to Start Building First Geothermal Power Plant in Serbia in 2021

While the relevant ministry of the new Serbian government keeps reminding almost daily that investments in renewable energy sources are crucial to the future of the power system of Serbia, good news comes from Kikinda – the construction of a wind farm that will provide enough power to supply the whole city is to start next year.

This first French investment in wind farms in Serbia was announced last summer, when the protocol of intent for the construction of the wind farm in Kikinda was signed during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron.

As Natasa Lazarevic, the director of IEL OIE Balkan Renewable Energy Beograd, a partner of the French company Akuo Energy Central Europe in the project of the construction of the Basaid wind farm in Kikinda, told our portal, the wind farm of the installed power of 85 MW will have 15 wind turbines.

The investment is worth EUR 120 million, and the joint company Basaid Wind d.o.o, registered in Belgrade, will be in charge of the construction.

At the moment, the request for the determining of the scope and the content of the environmental impact study for the wind farm in Kikinda, filed by Basaid Wind, is up for public review at the Provincial Secretariat for Urban Planning and Environmental Protection.

– We expect to obtain all the necessary approvals and permits and to start realizing the project by next year – Lazarevic told eKapija.

According to our interviewee, the Basaid wind farm is the first, but not the only, investment of the French company IEL OIE Balkan Renewable Energy in renewable sources in Serbia.

– Parallel with this, we have been working for two years on a project of geothermal energy, which involves a leading world energy company, the French EDF, and the project pertains to finding potential locations in Serbia for the construction of geothermal power plants for the production of heating energy for supplying the system of remote heating for the purposes of industrial processes – says Natasa Lazarevic.

She adds that the feasibility study for 4 locations, Vranje, Subotica, Kikinda and Ruma, has been completed and that it was done in cooperation with the Provincial Secretariat for Energy, as most locations are in Vojvodina.

Natasa Lazarevic adds that Balkan Renewable Energy is also looking into the potentials of solar energy in Serbia and that they are eagerly awaiting the announced amendments to the Law on Energy, which will enable the further development of renewable energy projects.

Branislava Petrovic
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