The construction of the Brajići wind power plant could, in the best case, begin within a year, it was announced after the annex to the contract on the lease of state land was adopted.
As announced, the government adopted the annex on the lease of state-owned land for the construction of the Brajići wind farm in the territories of the municipalities of Budva and Bar at the last session.
– Bearing in mind that since the conclusion of the contract, the cumulative conditions for its entry into force have not been met, and that on August 26, 2021, the deadline for the adoption of the planning document on the basis of which urban planning and technical conditions would be issued, defined the final area that will be in the function of the wind power plant and resolved property-legal relations, both contractual parties agreed that it is necessary to change certain provisions of the contract, as well as previously defined deadlines – it was announced.
As Admir Šahmanović, state secretary in the Ministry of Capital Investments, said at the session, it is about adjusting obligations to the new situation, adding that this annex actually unblocks the process itself and creates preconditions for the continuation of the implementation of this important project.
– Given that the document on the basis of which urban planning and technical conditions can be issued has not yet been adopted, the annex foresees the adoption of a spatial plan in 12 months. Then, in the best case, the construction of the wind power plant could begin – said Šahmanović.
Prime Minister Dritan Abazović said that this is a very important project.
– The German company has been waiting for a long time to start its activities and I hope that in this way we will finally solve the situation and that they will be able to realize this investment – stated Abazović.
The contract for the construction of VE Brajići was signed in August 2020. Behind the investment is the consortium WPD Brajići, which consists of the companies WPD AG from Bremen and the company Vjetroelektrana Budva from Budva.
The contract Is worth EUR 101.3 million, and the plan is for the future wind power plant to produce around 220 gigawatt hours (GWh) of clean electricity per year, which can supply over 50,000 households.
As a reminder, Abazović also said at one of the Government sessions in November last year that a decision must be made as soon as possible regarding the Brajići wind power plant
– I understand some citizens of the municipality of Budva who have their own interest and are against the construction of a wind farm in Budva. But I can’t understand that they don’t allow the construction of a facility that will benefit tens of thousands of Montenegrin citizens in the next 30 to 40 years – he stated.
He pointed to the examples of Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, where they have wind farms in the city itself.
– This is the energy we get from the wind, which is completely environmentally acceptable and we must not miss such opportunities. We do not need energy facilities such as small hydroelectric plants, from which only the owners make a profit, and where the damage to nature is immeasurable. But solar panels, wind farms, gas plants… I don’t see why that would be a problem. Our ambition should not be to satisfy our needs, but to be exporters of electricity – said the Prime Minister.