Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy Zorana Mihajlovic talked today with Eli McAdam, President of Bechtel for Mining, about cooperation in this sector, existing projects implemented by this company in Serbia and new investments in the field of energy.

– The Green Agenda is a model of growth, and we will emerge from the energy transition stronger and more developed. We want to improve the mining sector, because there are many opportunities for new investments and new companies, such as Bechtel, which means a larger share of mining in GDP, new jobs. I hope that we will continue the good cooperation, which we started at the time when I was leading the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure – said Mihajlović, it is stated in the announcement of the Ministry of Mining and Energy.

Speaking about new projects in the field of mining, she said that the realization of all projects will be conditioned by the fulfillment of high standards of environmental protection.

– The Jadar project is strategically important not only for mining, but for the entire economy in Serbia, and we believe that all conditions will be met in accordance with the highest standards of environmental protection and that we will have a jadarite or lithium mine. However, our goal is to have a complete lithium production chain, a lithium battery factory and an electric vehicle factory – the Deputy Prime Minister noted.

Mihajlovic pointed out that the new Law on the Use of RES represents the basis for a new investment framework, as well as that there is room for cooperation with Bechtel in the realization of projects in the construction of new HPPs, wind farms and solar power plants.

– We support the vision and goals you set in the process of energy transition and we are glad to have the opportunity to be part of that vision on green mining, green energy and sustainable economy. I hope that the company’s experience and my personal experience will help in future projects, especially because we already have excellent experience when it comes to cooperation with you in the previous Ministry – said Eli McAdam, President of Bechtel for Mining.

The meeting, at which it was agreed that the talks on the cooperation of the company Bechtel with the Ministry will be intensified, was also attended by the US Ambassador to Serbia, Anthony Godfrey.

– There are several ways we can deepen cooperation. One of the priorities of our Government is sustainable growth, green economy and the need to increase green energy production, which President Biden spoke about, and having in mind your vision and commitment to transforming the energy mix, ie growing capacity using RES, there is much room for Serbia it will become a more attractive place for new investments, not only from the USA, but also from the EU – Godfrey said.

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