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ZAGREB (Croatia), October 16 (SeeNews) - Austrian privately-held power producer RP Global Group has deployed all 12 turbines making up its 34.2 MW Rudine wind park near the Adriatic town of Dubrovnik, and is starting the official test run of the facility, RP Global’s country manager for Croatia said.
During the test run, all operating regimes of the wind park will be examined after which the facility will need a report from Croatia's power transmission system operator, HOPS, a technical inspection by the construction ministry and an operating permit from the energy regulator, HERA, Bojan Rescec said in an emailed response to a SeeNews inquiry.
Rescec said that the commercial launch of Rudine should begin by the end of November, while the formal inauguration ceremony will be held in the spring.
In September 2014, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) said it was arranging up to 42.5 million euro ($48.6 million) in financing for the Rudine wind park. The total project cost is estimated at 53 million euro. The wind farm will boost Croatia’s supply of wind-generated power by 11%, the IFC said at the time.
Rudine is the second wind project developed by RP Global in Croatia. RP Global's first facility there – the 43.7 MW Danilo wind farm, near Sibenik, was commissioned in 2014.
Wind had the biggest share in Croatia's installed renewable energy generation capacity with 297.3 MW as of September 1, 2014, the latest data from the country's energy market operator, HROTE, showed.