Article - 17/10/2012

Geothermal Energy Advances in Serbia

A conference to introduce the outcome of EU-IPA program funded pre-feasibility studies done by Mannvit and EPTISA on geothermal energy utilization and combined heat and power (CHP) potential in Serbia was held on October 8th at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. The event was attended by high-ranking government officials, public and private entities.

Mannvit as a member of a consortium led by the Spanish consulting firm EPTISA recently finalized the project under the contract “Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency” EUROPEAID/129768/C/SER/RS. The consulting project was conducted on behalf ofthe Serbian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy to explore renewable energy sources, specifically geothermal energy and CHP potential. The consortium selected the three most favorable areas in close cooperation with the ministry and conducted pre-feasibility studies for geothermal utilization at Bogatic, Mataruska Spa and Vrbas. The team also formulated an action plan, detailing the vision for the geothermal industry in Serbia, identifying barriers and suggesting solutions to overcome existing obstacles to further development and increase utilization.

The wrap-up event was held at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce on October 8th to introduce the results of the pre-feasibility studies for geothermal energy utilization, CHP and proposed action plans for further advancement in this field. Guests at the event were from a number of municipalities and district heating companies, representatives from faculties and scientific bodies, NGOs, international financial institutions and developers.

The Assistant Minister of Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection, Mr. Dejan Trifunovic, welcomed participating guests and Mr. Gligo Vukovic Project Manager, Operations II, Transport and Energy in the EU Delegation to Serbia gave an introduction on the project. Thereafter the results of the project were introduced by experts within the project, both for the geothermal energy utilization and CHP.