As Novac/Jozo Vrdoljak writes on the 28th of October, 2020, after the company EVN Croatia Plin received a 50-year concession from Lika-Senj County for gasification of Gospic and Otocac a few months ago, Calcit Lika, otherwise one of the largest companies, is expected to join in with the move. According to unofficial information from EVN Croatia Plin, they are already overwhelmed by user inquiries about possible connection dates.
As they pointed out from EVN, their commitment to building a modern and safe gas network has been well recognised, as have all of the advantages and benefits that gas brings to citizens and the environment. Investing in gas infrastructure creates new opportunities for expanding existing activities and developing new opportunities as well as increasing its competitiveness, which will further encourage other investments and make Lika an attractive location for many companies, which in turn will lead to job creation. This will increase the employment rate and improve the living standards of the population.
”The most important thing is that Lika will remain what it is: untouched nature, full of greenery. Lika is one of the most beautiful and greenest regions in Croatia, but its winters are harsh, cold and long. However, most of its inhabitants still use wood, pellets, fuel, oil and similar derivatives for heating, the combustion of which pollutes the air and the environment. On the other hand, gas is a reliable, always available natural energy source, it doesn’t depend on weather conditions and there’s no need to store it and order new quantities. In addition to heating, it can also be used for cooling rooms down and obtaining hot water. Energy is saved, and the negative impact on the environment is significantly reduced,” explained Vlado Mandic, the director of EVN Croatia Plin, adding that the gasification of Lika opens up new opportunities for growth and development within the region.
He noted the fact that in the past ten years alone, the gas industry in Croatia has gained a lot of new momentum. EVN Croatia Plin, which has been working on the gasification of Dalmatia since 2009, is largely responsible in his opinion. Back in 2011, based on a 30-year concession, EVN Croatia Plin began building its network, first in Zadar County, and then in the Sibenik-Knin and Split-Dalmatia counties.
”In a rather short period of time, we’ve become one of the largest greenfield investors in Dalmatia. From the beginning of the works until today, in Dalmatia, EVN Croatia Plin has built more than 137 kilometres of new gas network and supplies gas to more than 1,400 users every day, so it isn’t surprising that Split-Dalmatia and Sibenik-Knin counties with EVN extended the concession for an additional 20 years,” said Mandic.