Ana Brnabic, Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, said during the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the 93.5-MW Buk Bijela hydroelectric plant that this event is a new beginning in relations between Serbia and Republika Srpska and the whole region.
Brnabic said Buk Bijela is just one element in the mosaic of these relations and a project that opens many other doors.
“It is a strategic project that gives us energy and courage to dream much bigger dreams. This is a new beginning in the relations between Serbia and Srpska, but also in the entire region. It is in the interest of future generations who will use this hydroelectric power plant, who will not know the borders for people, capital and projects, who will stay here to live,” Brnabic said.
Prime Minister of Republika Srpska Radovan Viskovic said they have been waiting for more than 60 years to start this project, which will be finished in four years. This is a project that means life, connection, survival and prosperity, said Viskovic.
Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Mining and Energy Zorana Mihajlovic stated that this is not the only project that Serbia and Republika Srpska will jointly implement. He called it a historic day because there has been talk of Buk Bijela for decades.
The plant, on the Drina River, is anticipated to cost €195 million to build and will produce 332 GWh of electricity annually.