Croatian oil company to build 12 MW of solar capacity
Date: November 16th 2021
Author: Tanja Srnovršnik
Croatian oil and gas group Ina plans to build two solar power plants with a total capacity of 12 MW and sell all of the electricity it produces on the market, the company has told Energetika.NET.A smaller, 3 MW solar plant will be built at the Sisak refinery, while a 9 MW plant will be installed at Ina’s central gas facility Molve in northern Croatia.
“We plan to produce 15 GWh of power and inject it into the distribution grid,” said Angelika Brnada, Ina’s director of sustainable development and environmental protection, during a sustainable development conference held in Zagreb last week.
The dates on which the plants should commence operations are not known yet, as both projects are still in their preparation phase and a final investment decision has not yet been adopted, Ina explained in an e-mailed statement, adding that it planned to finance the investment by itself. The company has already obtained building permits and drawn up a detailed design for both locations, it added.
According to Ina, the two solar projects align with the company‘s long-term strategy and represent a significant step forward in the production of electricity from renewable energy sources.
“Ina is in a phase of transformation. Our strategy is focused on CO2 emissions reduction, energy efficiency and establishing a circular economy. This is not an easy task, either organisationally or financially,” said Brnada.
Among some of Ina's other key projects targeted at emissions reduction, Brnada mentioned the enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project, which Ina has been working on for seven years at its Ivanic and Zutica oil fields.
EOR is used to extract any remaining oil that has not already been retrieved from a mature oil field. It involves altering the chemical composition of that oil so that it can be more easily extracted. The project involves the injection and permanent underground storage of CO2, which reduces air emissions.
To date, Ina has injected 2.3m tonnes of CO2 and invested HRK 1bn in this EOR project, said Brnada, adding that the company is working on an additional EOR pilot project at the Sandrovac field.
Ina also plans to convert its Sisak refinery into a biorefinery, which will produce second generation bioethanol from locally produced biomass. The Croatian government plans to finance and support this strategic project as part of the national recovery and resilience plan, added Brnada.
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