PM says Croatia can play crucial role in providing energy in Europe

NEWS 19.05.2022 18:56
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Croatia can be a crucial country for future energy supply to the countries in its neighbourhood that now fully depend on Russian energy sources, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday commenting on the "REPowerEU" plan to rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels in Europe.

Plenkovic told a news conference that the REPowerEU Plan, which the European Commission presented on Wednesday as its response to the hardships and global energy market disruption caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, highlights the need to invest into gas and oil pipelines networks.

This is an opportunity for the Croatian companies Plinacro and Janaf, and talks are being conducted with them to see what can be done, said the PM.

Plinacro, a leading Croatian gas transport system operator, and Janaf, which manages the oil transport network, have initial projections of necessary investments, according to Plenkovic.

The EU has a high degree of understanding for Croatia’s crucial role, and the Croatian energy companies “have important roles in the changed energy structure of Europe,” he added.

The PM highlighted three aspects of the EC plan: saving energy, diversifying supplies and accelerating the rollout of renewables.

The €300 billion plan consists of schemes for the disbursement of €225 billion in loans and €75 billion through grants.

The investment in gas and oil infrastructure is important to us because they create possibilities for additional investment, enhance our capacity and help Croatia become a strategic  country in the diversification of supply routes, said Plenkovic.

He said that the government was taking necessary steps to fill gas storage capacities, as required by the EU.

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