Tuzla Thermal Power Plant

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Tuzla Thermal Power Plant is a 715-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Two additional units have been proposed. The expansion is also known as Tuzla B.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station near Tuzla.

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The plant is owned and operated by Elektroprivreda BiH, a publicly owned power utility. Construction of the plant commenced in 1959. Commissioning of two 32 MW generating units took place in 1963 and 1964. Both of these units -- units 1 and 2 -- have since been decommissioned. In 1966 the 100 MW Unit 3 was commissioned. This unit was rebuilt and modernised in the late 1990's after the Bosnian War. Two 200 MW units -- Unit 4 and Unit 5 -- were commissioned in 1971 and 1974 respectively. The 215 megawatt Unit 6 was commissioned in 1978.[1]

Coal supply

The power station currently consumer approximately 3.3 million tons of brown coal and lignite a year. Elektroprivreda BiH states on its website that coal for the plant is sourced from "Kreka (Dubrave, Šikulje, Mramor and Bukinje) and Banovići for Units 1-6, and brown coal from coal mines Đurđevik and Banovići for Unit 7."[1]


Elektroprivreda BiH has proposed a seventh and eighth unit of 450 MW and 300 MW respectively. On its website Elektroprivreda BiH states that the power station has received an environmental permit, and construction is scheduled to begin in 2014 and end in 2018.[2]

According to a long-range plan released in May 2014 by Elecktroprivreda BiH, the new units will begin construction in 2015 and 2023 respectively and go online in 2019 and 2027 respectively.[3]

In May 2011 EPBIH stated that China National Electric Engineering CO., Ltd (CNEEC) had expressed interest in Unit 7, a 450 MW expansion. However, Reuters noted that the Swiss energy firm Alpiq had also bid to become a "strategic investor" in the plant.[4]

In April 2014 Hitachi decided to pull out of the process to build the $1.16 billion Tuzla unit, citing political unrest in Bosnia. A Chinese consortium, which includes China Gezhouba Group and Guandong Electric Power Design, is the sole bidder to build the 450 MW unit.[5]

On August 30, 2014, China Gezhouba Group Co. (CGGC) signed the EPC contract to build the 450MW unit 7. The company is applying for permits.[6] It was later found the plant would not be economically feasible, and in May 2016 an annex to the contract was signed, which brought the cost down to EUR 722 million. in November 2016 a framework agreement on financing the plant through the China Exim Bank was signed, but the actual financing contract was not signed.[7]

After Tuzla 7’s initial environmental permit expired in November 2015, a new one was issued in July 2016. NGO Ekotim filed a court case challenging the permit in September 2016. In October 2016 Ekotim also submitted a complaint to the Energy Community since the environmental permit does not require the application of the Industrial Emissions Directive to the plant, as required of new plants.[7]

Project Details for expansion

  • Sponsor: Elektroprivreda BiH
  • Parent company:
  • Developer: China Gezhouba Group
  • Location: Tuzla, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Coordinates: 44.52, 18.606111 (exact)
  • Status: Unit 7: Permitted; Unit 8: Announced
  • Capacity: Unit 7: 450 MW; Unit 8: 300 MW[2]
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing: Export-Import Bank of China[8]

Resources and articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Thermal-power plant Tuzla", Elektroprivreda BiH website, accessed September 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Unit 8 TPP 'Kakanj,'” Elektroprivreda BiH, accessed May 2014.
  3. "Dugoročni plan razvoja Elektroprivrede BiH do 2030. sa Strategijskim planom," Electroprivreda Bosne i Hercegovine, 29 May 2014, p. 142
  4. Maja Zuvela, "China's CNEEC eyes Bosnia's $584 mln coal-fired unit", Reuters, May 30, 2011.
  5. "Hitachi exit means consortium sole bidder for $1.16bn coal plant," Power Engineering, Apr 23, 2014.
  6. [www.cggc.cc/2014-09/10/content_18574821.htm "CGGC signs EPC contract for thermal power project,"] CGGC, Sep 10, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Tuzla 7 lignite power plant, Bosnia and Herzegovina," Bankwatch, accessed May 2017
  8. "Critical economic analysis of the Tuzla thermal power plant unit 7 project," Bankwatch, December 16, 2014

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