Virovitica-Podravina County Invests in Geothermal Power Plant

By 27 September 2022
Virovitica-Podravina County Invests in Geothermal Power Plant
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September 27, 2022 - The energy crisis is proving to be an excellent opportunity for some. In the Virovitica-Podravina County in the municipality of Čađavica, a significant investment in a geothermal power plant has been launched.

As reported by SiB, the geothermal power plant should start operating in two years. Drilling is currently in process, where 3,200 meters have been reached. The main goal is to reach 5,000 meters, at which depth the water has a temperature of 150 degrees Celsius.

RTL's Boris Mišević spoke about it with Igor Andrović, the prefect of the Virovitica-Podravina County.

"I should congratulate the investor for having the courage to take on such a risky project. We don't know what they might find at 4,500 to 5,000 meters, but we do believe that the plans will continue developing as it was imagined, that there will be hot water, as well as water flow. This power plant running on geothermal resources is the largest in Europe, reaching 20 megawatts, and it could supply half of the county. It is a big thing when you are energy independent, when you have a crisis, and you have your own resources. There is a possibility that an entrepreneurial zone can be developed here, that the business plan might change, as there will be a surplus of thermal energy that can be used for production so that it is used more," said Adrović for RTL.

He also said that owing to the geothermal power plant, the price of electricity will be more favourable than if it were imported.

"Here, you have your own resources 24 hours a day; you don't depend on the wind or the sun, the level of the rivers. Here you have a 24-hour flow of hot water, and this will certainly make energy much cheaper," said Adrović.

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