Coal power plant Sostanj - TES 6, Slovenia

Description
State owned company wants to build a new unit of Coal power plant Sostanj (TES 6). The new unit 6 will be in operation until 2054, compared to 2027 - without the new unit. That means more emissions of CO2 and if EU adopts stricter goals for CO2 emissions, Slovenia will have problems with achieving these objectives. Another aspect of this problem: majority of financial resources in Slovenian energy sector will go into this contraversial coal project, instead of RES.

Basic Data
NameCoal power plant Sostanj - TES 6, Slovenia
CountrySlovenia
SiteSostanj
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Coal extraction and processing
Thermal power plants
Project Details and Actors
Project Details
The new 600 MW unit for the Šoštanj lignite power plant (TEŠ6) would replace the power plant’s existing units 1-4 and possibly 5. Its promoters argue with increased efficiency, but in fact, this one lignite power plant alone will swallow up almost the countrys entire carbon budget by 2050.
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Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Start Date2007
Company Names or State EnterprisesTermoelektrarna Sostanj d.o.o. from Slovenia
Relevant government actorsMinistry of Economy, Ministry of the environment and spatial planning
International and Financial InstitutionsEuropean Investment Bank (EIB)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersFocus, association for sustainable development, Greenpeace Slovenia, Umanotera, Ekologi brez meja
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Infectious diseases, Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.On the site of the project they are continuing with the construction work. But the process is delayed in the part of financing. Parliament did not approve state guarantee for the project yet.
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FROM COAL POWERPLANT

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Greenpeace SOCIAL COST OF ENERGY

Bankwatch
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Termoelektrarna Šoštanj Power Plant
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Sourcewatch
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IN ŠOŠTANJ
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IN ŠOŠTANJ
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IN ŠOŠTANJ
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Media Links

Whats the EBRD cooking up in southeast Europe?
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ContributorTomislav Tkalec
Last update21/05/2014
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