High geothermal energy potential confirmed in Croatia's north
Croatia has one functioning geothermal power plant so far. But this may change soon. The government's Hydrocarbon Agency (CHA) estimates the potential for electricity generation from geothermal sources in Croatia at 500 MW.
Varaždin County in northern Croatia could become energy independent with the generation of electricity and heat from geothermal sources, as initial research results show great potential.
A feasibility study conducted for the Lunjkovec-Kutnjak exploration area in northern Croatia confirmed the potential for generating large amounts of electricity and heat. Such a plant could cover the entire demand of the Varaždin region. The boreholes with water temperatures of up to 150 degrees Celsius are located in the municipality of Mali Bukovec.
Bukotermal will build a geothermal power plant with a capacity of 1.5 to 2 MW in the first phase, completed by 2025. The project is worth 10 million euros, Varaždin said, adding that the next step will be installing a 10 MW power plant.
Varaždin County intends to submit the project for EU funding under the Sjever development program, which has a total budget of €2 billion.
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