May 24 (SeeNews) - Croatian oil and gas company INA [ZSE:INA] said on Wednesday it launched trial operation of solar power plant Virje, thus becoming commercial producer of electricity in line with its drive to transition to renewable energy sources.
Virje, located in the northern Koprivnica-Krizevci county, is the second largest in Croatia with installed capacity of 10.2 MW, connected power of 9 MW and expected annual production of 12,225 MWh, INA said in a press release.
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In the next few months, INA will put into operation a second solar power plant, which is under construction in Sisak, central Croatia, bringing its overall annual electricity output from renewables to some 16,000 MWh.
“I believe we will be soon able to speak of INA's success in geothermal energy. We want to be among the first to produce also green hydrogen for the market, to continue the development of projects for continuous warehousing of carbon dioxide in our gas depots which we have been carrying out for almost 10 years, and we prospect the potential of wind in the Adriatic Sea,” INA's management board president, Peter Ratatics, said in the press release.
The design and construction of the plant in Virje and the one in Sisak, was carried out by local engineering company Koncar-Inzenjering. It won contracts for these projects in an international tender.
INA’s shares traded 2.10% lower at 466 euro ($503) on the Zagreb bourse intraday on Wednesday.
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