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Construction of Možura wind farm starts

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September 14, 2015

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After the investors began works for first wind farm in Montenegro near Nikšić, implementation of a similar investment at Možur near Bar, in the south of the country, was recently launched. The Ministry of Economy said the construction of these two power facilities will greatly contribute to meeting the national target of 33% share of renewable energy in final consumption, according to Dnevne novine daily. After several years of delay, both projects are finally launched, portal CdM reported. A total of 30 wind turbines, two substations and a maintenance building will be built on Krnovo, in an investment of over EUR 120 million, while Možur project with 23 wind turbines of smaller capacity will cost EUR 40 million.

Two projects, as explained by the Ministry of Economy, will generate 118 MW in total. The project on Krnovo is being implemented by Austrian company Ivicom Consulting and French enterprise Akuo Energy. Although the contract was signed five years ago, the construction of the first wind farms broke through all the planned deadlines. The problem is similar to the multi-million dollar investment on the coast, reflected in unresolved property-legal relations. Decisions on expropriation of immovable property necessary for construction of wind farms, as previously quoted in Montenegrin media, are final and registered in the real estate cadastre. Proceedings relate solely to the assessment of the value of real estate in question, rather than their intended purpose.

Dnevne novine said owners of the land are asking that the price of land acquisition be increased from 50 euro cents to EUR 2 per square metre. Landowners are also unsatisfied that the lease of their property was not given under the same conditions as the state land, for which the government has been collecting revenue since 2010.

Government of Montenegro said it discussed about the construction of small wind power plants on its meeting on September 3. It adopted the assignment agreement on the lease and construction of the Možur power plant signed with company Enemalta from Malta. Unlike the previous supplier, the consortium Felsa and Čelebić, the new one met all requirements prescribed by the tender documentation, the cabinet said.

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