Italian contractor FATA has begun construction of a new combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in the Croatian capital Zagreb. The CCPP unit will be built under the auspices of the Croatian Electric Power Company’s Croatian Electricity Authority (HEP), with a capacity of 150 MW and a thermal capacity of 114 MW. It is expected to be completed in 2022.
According to HEP, the project, worth EUR 120.7 million, is its largest investment in a new generation of facilities in ten years. It is funded by loans from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) and provided by the European Fund for Strategic Investments. Compared to the old Unit A, the new unit is expected to reduce natural gas consumption by 25% and carbon dioxide emissions by 150,000 tonnes per year.
Other environmental benefits of the new plant include reducing nitrogen emissions (95%) by 95%, reducing nitrogen oxides (57%) and reducing solids by 84%. The unit is expected to produce 675 GWh of electricity and 450 GWh of thermal energy annually, which will be used by the district heating system in Zagreb.