Thermal power plant Stanari, BiH

Foreign companies and the China Development Bank fostering coal-fired economy in BiH. Coal concessions entail also fresh water extraction permits. Campaigners of "Stop Dirty Energy, Future is Renewable" question government's energy plans


The construction of the Stanari thermal power plant is a project by the private company “EFT Stanari – Stanari Mine and Thermal Power Plant“ owned by EFT (Holdings) Abs – Copenhagen. On the 25th February 2008 EFT Stanari signed a concession contract with the Government (Ministry of Economy, Energy and Mining) of the Republic of Srpska, for the construction and use of a thermal power plant.

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Basic Data
NameThermal power plant Stanari, BiH
CountryBosnia and Herzegovina
ProvinceRepublic of Srpska
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Water access rights and entitlements
Thermal power plants
Specific CommoditiesLignite (brown coal)
Project Details and Actors
Project Details300 MW lignite thermal power plant
Project Area (in hectares)-
Level of Investment (in USD)635.000.000
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected PopulationStanari, Doboj and Tuzla municipalities/cantons (depending on the levels of polution). Due to an unfinished census unable to provide numbers.
Company Names or State EnterprisesEnergy Financing Team (EFT) from United Kingdom - investor and concessionaire
EFT (Holdings) ApS from Denmark
Relevant government actorsMinistry of Industry, Energy and Mining
International and Financial InstitutionsChina Development Bank (CDB) from China
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersCenter for Environment is running a nation-wide anti-coal campaign together with Centar za ekologiju i energiju (Tuzla) through which it is also addressing TPP Stanari
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Forms of MobilizationMedia based activism/alternative media
Public campaigns
participation in public hearing
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation
Potential: Groundwater pollution or depletion, Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Land dispossession, Other socio-economic impacts
Otherpossibility for financial harm to state due to questionable concession benefits for the State and the people
Project StatusUnder construction
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseProject went ahead
Development of AlternativesThe campaign Stop prljavoj energiji, jer budućnost je obnovljiva (Stop Dirty Energy, Future is Renewable) is campaigning for a new energy strategy for entities of BiH which would be in sync and based on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.-
Sources and Materials

1. Law on Environmental Protection (RS official gazette 71/12)

a. By-law on revision procedure and renewal of environmental permits

b. By-law on content of EIA report
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Analysis on the compliance of the environmental permit for Stanari thermal power plant with EU Directives
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CASE STUDIES - Stanari lignite-fired power plant, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Bosnia and Herzegovina breaches Energy Community Treaty commitments, says official NGO complaint
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Permit of TPP Stanari to be reviewed after legislative amendment in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Complaint to the Energy Community Secretariat against Bosnia and Herzegovina Concerning Failure to Comply with Energy Community Law
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Stanari lignite power plant, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Stanari power plant in Bosnia allowed to pollute 2-10 times higher than EU limits, new expert analysis shows
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Facebook page of campaign "Stop Dirty Energy, Future is Renewable"
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Media Links

Petition to the European Energy Community
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Let paramotorom iznad rudnika Stanari i termoelektrane u izgradnji
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Other Documents

The Stanari lignite plant Source: youTube
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Meta Information
ContributorIgor Kalaba, Center for Environment, [email protected], + 387 51 433 142
Last update13/10/2015