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Thermal power plant Ugljevik 3, BiH

Russian investments on coal-fired power plants in Bosnia i Herzegovina; EJOS respond with the campaign "Stop Dirty Energy, Future is Renewable"


Ugljevik 3 is a new power plant block being concessioned in the Ugljevik municipality, with strength of 600 MW (2 x 300). Even though the construction of block 2 of the Ugljevik TPP was planned in the previous political system (Yugoslavia) by joint capital of Elektroprivreda BiH and SR Slovenia, the circumstances under the war disabled the implementation of the plan. However, a long term investments had already started and Slovenia already invested some amount for the preparatory work. This is still an open case between Slovenia and Republic of Srpska (BiH). Because of that, the investments in block 2 of TPP Ugljevik are not feasible without agreed solution between the parties in dispute.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Thermal power plant Ugljevik 3, BiH
Country:Bosnia and Herzegovina
State or province:Republic of Srpska
Location of conflict:Ugljevik/Bijeljina
Accuracy of locationLOW (Country level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Thermal power plants
Specific commodities:Coal
Project Details and Actors
Project details

600 MW coal TPP

Project area:-
Level of Investment:170,000,000-850,000,000 (depending on the source)
Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:The whole Ugljevik municipality and wider (pollution), and 2.600 potentialy realocated vilagers (source-online articles)
Company names or state enterprises:Comsar Energy RS from Russian Federation - The concession was rewarded to Comsar Energy under dubious circumstances
Relevant government actors:Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining of Republic of Srpska
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 Ugljevik 3
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLATENT (no visible organising at the moment)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Trade unions
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Public campaigns
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Mine tailing spills
Potential: Food insecurity (crop damage), Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Occupational disease and accidents, Deaths, Other Health impacts
Other Health impactsHeart related ills
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Corruption
Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
Strengthening of participation
Application of existing regulations
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Project temporarily suspended
a standstill due to unconfirmed reasons
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
Briefly explain:-
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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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Complaint against Bosnia and Herzegovina for failure to comply with Energy Community law
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Ugljevik III lignite power plant, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Analysis of EIA Document
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EIA for new Bosnia-Herzegovina coal plant contains false information, reveals expert analysis
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Environmental Impact Assessment for new Bosnia-Herzegovina coal plant contains false information, reveals expert analysis
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Facebook page of campaign "Stop Dirty Energy, Future is Renewable"
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Contributor:Igor Kalaba, Center for Environment, [email protected], + 387 51 433 142
Last update13/10/2015
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