RHE Velebit – a reversible hydropower plant
RHE Velebit is a reversible hydropower plant (a pumped-storage plant) in Croatia, with two levels of accumulation, with a capacity of 276 MW in generator and 240 MW motor mode. It is located in the lower reaches of the river Zrmanja in Croatia, in Zadar County, where the lower Razovac basin was formed, while the upper Štikada basin is located on the other side of the Velebit mountain, on the Gračac plateau, at 550 to 700 m above sea level. Construction of RHE Velebit began in 1978, it was put into operation in 1984 and was then one of the largest reversible hydropower plants in Europe, and is one of the most complex hydropower facilities in Croatia. In addition to electricity production, the importance of RHE Velebit is the possibility of pumping mode, ie “storage” (accumulation) of surplus electricity produced from conventional fossil fuel power plants, flow hydropower, the energy produced from wind farms and other renewable sources. RHE Velebit actually serves as a large “battery” to store electricity which is then placed in the system when it is most needed. Accumulation lakes are also used for the water supply of most of northern Dalmatia, and for sports and recreational activities such as sport fishing, swimming and cycling. It is owned by Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP Group), the national energy company, which has been dealing with the generation, distribution and supply of electricity in Croatia. The Investor is HEP-PROIZVODNJA d.o.o., Sektor za hidroelektrane, Proizvodno područje HE Jug Split, RHE Velebit.
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