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Korean company KOSEP has confirmed that it no longer intends to participate in bidding for the controversial 500 MW Plomin C coal power plant in Croatia. KOSEP is the second of the four strategic bidders shortlisted in September 2012 to pull out of the project, after Polish company POL-MOT withdrew in the spring of this year.
The news about KOSEP's withdrawal was confirmed by Mr Seungnam Han, Deputy Director of KOSEP's Innovation and New Business Office to Greenpeace Korea.
At the start of 2012, Germany's RWE was strongly courted by the Croatian project developer HEP for this project but to no avail: RWE announced at its annual meeting in April 2012 that it was not interested in the Plomin C project, nor in other new coal plants in central and eastern Europe.
Two companies are now left in the running for Plomin C: French-Italian-owned Edison and Japan's Marubeni, which have until the end of October to submit binding bids for the project.
Even if the tender is successful, the financing of the project is still under question as no potential source of funding for the project, estimated at EUR 800 million, has been mentioned publicly.
"The fact that only a maximum of two companies are interested in such a project confirms what we have been saying for more than a year already that the project is harmful not only because of its health impacts , high carbon emissions , and increasing Croatia's dependence on imported coal,  but also because coal plants are less and less economically viable in Europe ", said Bernard Ivcic, President of Zelena akcija.
The project is also threatened by a court appeal by environmental organisations Zelena akcija and Zelena Istria together with local people against the environmental permit issued in September 2012 by the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection. The appeal is based on the permit's incompatibility with the Istria County spatial plan, which limits total capacity at the site to 335 MW and stipulates gas as the fuel for any new capacity. The second hearing is expected to take place next week on Friday 11 October in Rijeka, Croatia.
Plomin C is one of more than 20 coal plants planned in south east Europe, in contrast to Western Europe where plans have virtually ground to a halt in recent years . Environmental groups from the region are concerned that such plans are endangering the countries' abilities to meet EU accession requirements on pollution control and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, as well as crowding out investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
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