ENERGY: Economy Ministry Expects Binding Offers from Marubeni and Edison/Samsung for PlominC
On 15 April, Economy Minister Ivan Vrdoljak (HNS) told reporters he expected at least two binding offers would be submitted for the development of the coal-fired power plant PlominC. Vrdoljak revealed Japanese Marubeni and South Korean Samsung, together with their partner Edison, were expected to submit binding offers by 30 April (i.e. the official deadline).
PlominC is considered to be one of Croatia’s strategic national projects; Croatia Electra (HEP) is in the process of finding a strategic partner to build and operate a 500MW coal-fired power plant in the Istria County. The future plant is valued at €800 million, and is expected to significantly reduce Croatia’s electricity imports, as well as increase the existing Plomin complex capacity to 710MW. It will also raise overall coal imports, since Croatia has small natural coal deposits.
Since it was placed on the government agenda, the project has been raising concerns among environmental activists and the general population…