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A feasibility analysis of a new coal-fired block within the exiting Plomin thermal power plant, commissioned by the Green Action and prepared by the Society for Sustainable Development Design (DOOR), has confirmed that the project is economically non-profitable, even if its impact on health and the environment is not taken into consideration.

Green Action and DOOR on Monday presented the results of the analysis and said that they would send the study to the government, relevant ministries, parliamentary committees and benches and to the national electricity provider HEP.

"The Plomin C fuelled by coal is subject to risks that could easily render the block financially non-profitable  and would do more harm than good. We therefore recommend that the government does not launch this project," DOOR director Maja Bozicevic Vrhovcak told a press conference.

The analysis shows that the rate of feasibility of Plomin C would not be as high as with other thermal electric plants fuelled by coal, for example, Plomin B, and when the analysis is extended to possible social harm and benefit which takes into consideration supply security, employment, environment impact and the price of emission licences, the projects brings more harm than good, Bozicevic Vrhovcak said.

Green activist Toni Vidan recalled that Plomin C had been promoted for years and backed exclusively with the argument that it was economically viable. "There is no more talk that this project does not pollute the environment and that it does not affect health as that has been tacitly accepted and has been justified with the fact that electricity from the thermal power plant would be the most feasible economically," Vidan said.

The environmentalists welcome the government's announcement to put a moratorium on Plomin C.

Croatia has a wonderful opportunity to absorb EU funds and boost a new investment cycle in energy, Vidan said and added that that money should not be invested in "large dirty projects" but small projects based on renewable energy.

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