Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska Radovan Višković spoke today in Trebinje with the managements of Dabar Hydroelectric Power Plant and Trebisnjica Hydroelectric Power Plants (HET).
Prime Minister Višković stated after the meeting that he expected the strategic partner for continuation of Dabar Power Plant project to be known in the next month or so.
"The Chinese partner is due to submit a final bid by February 14th which will then be considered by the relevant bodies in the energy sector and then by the Government" Prime Minister said and expressed belief that prior to April when a meeting in Beijing is planned with representatives of Republic of Srpska and BiH, the project would be approved.
"I hope that this year we will be able to launch preliminary works on construction of the dam and the machine shop", Prime Minister Višković said and underlined that so far more than BAM 100 million had been invested within this project in construction of tunnels, access roads, power and water stations, etc.
Prime Minister Višković reminded that HET had losses due to non-functioning of Dubrovnik HEPP, which would be smaller this year because of joint action with Capljina HEPP.
The director of Dabar Power Plant Željko Zubac said that public procurement process for selection of partners for financing and construction of the facilities and structures of Dabar Plant would soon be over and that in the next 15 to 20 days, they would receive a final offer.
"We hope the offer will be acceptable for the management of Dabar Plant, for HET and for the Government of Republic of Srpska and that in the next few months we will sign contracts for financing the construction of Dabar Hydroelectric Power Plant. The total estimated value of this project is BAM 600 million", Mr. Zubac said.
Director of HET, Gordan Mišeljic, said that construction of Dabar Plant was the largest capital project currently funded in the Republic of Srpska and stressed that as part of this project, the construction of a critical road and the tunnel, financed by the HET's own funds, would be completed soon.