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Croatia and Slovenia to boost their energy cooperation by developing the gas pipeline network

Croatia and Slovenia will boost their energy cooperation by developing the gas pipeline network and Zagreb will support Slovenia if it decides to expand the Krško nuclear power plant, as announced by the Prime Ministers, Croatia’s Andrej Plenković and his Slovenian counterpart Janez Janša.

Speaking after their meeting, Mr Janša said that his government had already decided to expand the nuclear power plant and that the two countries were lucky to already have available space for a new block.

“We do not have the kind of difficulties encountered by our colleagues in Europe who are thinking along the same lines,” Prime Minister Janša said.

Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Janša. Source: Government of Croatia.

Mr Pleković added that the decision to expand the Krško plant was up to Slovenia but that as a 50 per cent owner of the plant, Croatia was willing to support the investment.

The Croatian PM also said that the two countries’ energy ministers will discuss ways to strengthen the countries’ cooperation in terms of energy after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine disrupted European energy plans.

He added that Croatia had increased the capacity of its LNG terminal on the island of Krk from 2.6 to 2.9 billion cubic metres of gas and that experts believed it could be increased to a maximum of 3.5 billion cubic metres. Mr Plenković also stressed that the capacity of the existing gas pipelines and interconnections should be increased as well.

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