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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
Name of conflict:Thermal power plant Stanari, BiH
Country:Bosnia and Herzegovina
State or province:Republic of Srpska
Location of conflict:Stanari/Doboj
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 commodities:Water
Lignite (brown coal)
Project Details and Actors
Project details

300 MW lignite thermal power plant

Project area:-
Level of Investment:635.000.000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:Stanari, Doboj and Tuzla municipalities/cantons (depending on the levels of polution). Due to an unfinished census unable to provide numbers.
Company names or state enterprises:Energy Financing Team (EFT) from United Kingdom - investor and concessionaire
EFT (Holdings) ApS from Denmark
Relevant government actors:Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining
International and Finance InstitutionsChina Development Bank (CDB) from China
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Center 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
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Forms of mobilization:Media 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-economical ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Land dispossession, Other socio-economic impacts
Other socio-economic impactspossibility for financial harm to state due to questionable concession benefits for the State and the people
Project StatusUnder construction
Conflict outcome / response:Project went ahead
Development of alternatives:The 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 an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
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Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

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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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

CASE STUDIES - Stanari lignite-fired power plant, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Permit of TPP Stanari to be reviewed after legislative amendment in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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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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Analysis on the compliance of the environmental permit for Stanari thermal power plant with EU Directives
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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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Bosnia and Herzegovina breaches Energy Community Treaty commitments, says official NGO complaint
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Let paramotorom iznad rudnika Stanari i termoelektrane u izgradnji
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Petition to the European Energy Community
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Meta information
Contributor:Igor Kalaba, Center for Environment, [email protected], + 387 51 433 142
Last update13/10/2015
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