Construction works on Croatia's first hybrid geothermal power plant, for which the European Commission gave the AAT Geothermae company a EUR 14.7 million grant in 2014, were inaugurated in Draskovec near Prelog, northern Croatia on Friday.

The project is using state-of-the-art technology for energy production from geothermal sources, which will result in clean, green energy, project leader Danijel Kusic said, adding that the power plant will produce 18.1 megawatts of electricity and 89 megawatts of heat.

The power plant will serve to build a medical tourism complex as well as for greenhouse production and heat distribution.

Prelog Mayor Ljubomir Kolarek said the EUR 75 million investment would boost local economy. The first stage of the project, the construction of the power plant, will be completed by the end of the year.

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