TENDERING: Geothermal water exploration areas in Croatia

TENDERING Geothermal water exploration Croatia

Photo: Pixabay


June 8, 2020






June 8, 2020





The Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency issued a public call for bids for four exploration areas. It said the goal is to utilize geothermal waters in Slavonia, Podravina and Međimurje in the north of Croatia for the production of energy.

A significant geothermal potential has been proven in the geographical zone of the Drava river valley, the Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency said as it announced it is receiving bids for four fields. Data from the exploration areas have been obtained during earlier oil and gas drilling, which greatly reduces the risk and costs for future investors, according to the statement. Geothermal water at the said locations in Slavonia, Podravina and Međimurje in the northernmost part of Croatia can be used for electricity and heating.

The deadline is September 1. The agency noted the temperature under all the lots exceeds one hundred degrees Celsius and that it means electricity can be generated. The entire potential power capacity is estimated at 50 MW while as much as four times more heat energy can be used.

Krpan: Geothermal energy is a symbol of the transition from fossil fuels toward renewables as it involves the use of knowledge and experience from hydrocarbon exploration

President of the Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency Marijan Krpan underscored geothermal energy is a symbol of the transition from fossil fuels toward renewables as it involves the use of knowledge and experience from hydrocarbon exploration. Croatia has a high geothermal gradient, on average almost two times above the rest of the European continent, according to the announcement.

The Ministry of Environment and Energy is responsible for the selection of the best bidder.

The Ernestinovo field, at 76.66 square kilometers, has wells from 1985 and 1989 and the water’s temperature is up to 165 degrees. In Legrad, at 20.89 square kilometers, the first drilling was completed in 1961 and the temperature is as high as 212 degrees.

The four exploration areas cover 207.11 square kilometers in the Drava valley

The third field is Lunjkovec-Kutnjak, on 99.97 square kilometers and with wells from 1976 and 1969 and the temperature of as much as 145 degrees. Merhatovec spans 9.59 square kilometers. At the site are wells from 1979 and 1986 and the temperature is up to 150 degrees Celsius.

Of note, GPC Instrumentation Process, the concessionaire at the Zagreb geothermal reservoir, submitted the project elaboration and well exploitation plan to the agency in order to get a long-term concession and build geothermal spa Terme Zagreb in the Blato district in the Croatian capital city’s southwest.

There are estimates that geothermal energy could meet Zagreb’s entire heating demand.

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment
Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

PPC progress Mesochora hydropower irrigation

PPC making progress with Mesochora hydropower, irrigation project

23 September 2022 - The environmental impact study for the Mesochora hydropower plant in Greece is finished and expropriation is advancing, a news report said

terra solar lebane investment

Terra Solar to install 8 MW solar power plant in southern Serbia

23 September 2022 - Representatives of the company Terra Solar visited the Municipality of Lebane to present the solar power plant project

Macron France solely renewables nuclear alone

Macron: France can’t rely either on renewables or on nuclear power alone

23 September 2022 - President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated France's first offshore wind park and promised to speed up renewable energy and nuclear power projects

ProfesSor Nikola Rajakovic

EPS’ transformation through development of new renewables capacities guarantees secure electricity supply in Serbia

21 September 2022 - The energy sector in Serbia is at a historic turning point after breakdowns in obsolete...