Slovenia to co-finance construction of three waste-to-energy plants

Source: Slovenian Government

LJUBLJANA (Slovenia), February 10 (SeeNews) - Slovenia's government plans to co-finance the construction of waste-to-energy plants in Ljubljana, Maribor and Kocevje, environment minister Andrej Vizjak said.

The government will adopt the relevant decision later this month and a tender for the construction of the facilities will be launched soon afterwards, Vizjak said in a press release on Wednesday.

According to Slovenian media reports, the government will invest 60 million euro ($69 million) in the project.

"The concessionaires will sell heat to customers at a regulated price and will have revenue to cover operating and maintenance costs. In order to start the project, something needs to be added by the state, we estimate it at about 30% of the investment value," Vizjak said during a visit to heat and energy plant Toplarna Celje.

The facilities, in addition to Toplarna Celje, will provide the obligatory public service of municipal waste treatment, he added.

Toplarna Celje uses waste that has been pre-treated and prepared in the Regional Center for Waste Management Celje for the production of heat, reducing the amount of waste disposed of at the Bukovzlak landfill by 65%, according to the waste-to-energy plant's website.

($ = 0.87395 euro)

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