As anti-coal movements are gaining momentum around the world, two new websites offer a slew of information about the dirtiest of fossil fuels and the campaigns against it. They also offer a stark reminder that despite progress in the last years coal is far from dead.
Brussels – In an unprecedented ruling this week, the European Ombudsman concluded at the end of an investigation into the EIB’s involvement with a road construction project in Bosnia and Herzegovina that the institution’s behaviour was "totally unacceptable" and it "risked putting into question the EU’s commitment for strengthening the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina."
Something quite amazing happened yesterday evening in Zagreb. The Croatian police and the State Prosecutor announced that several people had been arrested on suspicion of a number of criminal corruption offences, abuse of office and peddling influence. Among the arrested were Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic, Head of Zagreb Holding municipal company Slobodan Ljubicic, the head of the ZET public transport company Ivan Tolic, head and part-owner of the CIOS metal recycling company Petar Pripuza and around 15 more un-named people.
The Boskov Most hydropower plant includes an accumulation dam 33 metres in height and a power plant with a total capacity of 68MW, Around 80 per cent of the project falls within the territory of the Mavrovo national park, the largest and richest national park in Macedonia. Three years after the signing of a loan agreement over EUR 65 million from the EBRD, little progress has been made with the project. This briefing details several reasons why the project should not receive support from the EBRD.
A silver lining has appeared for the people of Rovinari with the set-up of a joint venture for a new lignite-fired power plant being put on hold. The town of Rovinari already suffers under heavy pollution from the existing plant.
Ljubljana, Slovenia: Slovenian police yesterday reported that ten people had been charged with fraud in relation to the beleaguered Sostanj 6 lignite power plant project, causing a suspected EUR 284 million in financial harm to Slovene electricity consumers. The charges serve as a new warning to decision-makers across the Western Balkans to closely scrutinise coal power plant projects planned across the region if the mistakes made in the Sostanj 6 project in Slovenia are not to be repeated, warned several NGOs today.
The existing Pljevlja thermal power plant in the north of Montenegro, near the border with Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been operating since the early 1980s. Now the Montenegro government is proposing a second 220 MW lignite-fired unit at the site. Although the project is at an early stage of the permitting process, several issues have already emerged.
Elektroprivreda Bosna and Hercegovine, the public power company driving the 450 MW Tuzla 7 project, is currently selecting a bidder for a new 450 MW unit at Tuzla in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city which already suffers from significant air pollution due to the existing power plant and several other industrial facilities. The only consortium still interested is China Gezhouba Group/Guangdong Electric Power Design, after Japan's Hitachi - which was also shortlisted - dropped out of the project, apparently due to the political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 300 MW Banovici plant is planned alongside the Banovici mine near Tuzla in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project promoter is RMU Banovici (Banovici Brown Coal Mines), but it is still unclear who the strategic partner will be, as the tender procedure is still ongoing. There is an existing mine at the site but the power plant would be a greenfield facility. A cement plant is also planned nearby.
On 01.11.2012 the Bosnian Federal Minister of Environment and Tourism issued an environmental permit for a 300 MW which included no limits for air pollution emissions.