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  • Croatia has developed a national strategy on biomass and biogas projects. 
  • A 30 million EUR project has been initiated by the Vukovar-based "Bionergija" company and established by the local Vupik agribusiness and several Croatian and foreign entrepreneurs approved in May 2009.
  • The future plant, which was built by the end of 2010, producing 10 megawatts of electrical energy and 11 megawatts of thermal energy daily.
  • 700 tonnes of biomass being ensured daily from agricultural crops on Vupik-owned arable land for the production in the biogas plant.
  • The factory is to employ some 200 people.
  • "Croatia is expected to raise the biofuels' share in transport fuels to 5.75 percent by 2012 and to 20 percent by 2020", is what a parliamentary deputy Petar Mlinaric said at the ceremony.
  • Croatia has excellent conditions for production of biofuels using biogas, biodiesel and bioethanol production as renewable energy platform.
  • Croatia and the rest of the Balkan region has large scale areas of arable land not in use today. The main challenge is the small private owned plots from the socialist period were most land were nationalized.
  • Ownership problems from the homeland war in 1992-95 is another challenge with a large diaspora of both Croats and Serbs, many of whom are ready to sell their land as part of the newly approved land reform of agricultural land in January 2009.
  • Croatia offers a long term concession and privatization of state owned land in areas of state concern to include collecting prizes, investment incentives and subventions.
  • RELINK has mapped 22 potential projects with up to 400 ha of agricultural land in one plot for production of raw material for biofuels.
  • Integrated Mine Action Project (IMAP) is one of the opportunities for the investor, who provides matching funds for demining and land release in return of free concession followed by good market conditions!
  • With more than 3.15 million hectares of agricultural land, Croatia has  capacity for both large scale agricultural production and production of biomass for biofuels.
  • Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina have similar situation with large areas of none used agricultural land, potentially good for biofuels.
  • Slovenian oil mills were some of the first to setup commercial activities purchasing rapeseed oil for biodiesel production.

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