Thermal Power Plant (TPP) Tuzla was constructed in several stages in the period between 1959 and 1978. The coal (lignite and brown) is supplied to the TPP from the nearby Kreka-Banovic coal basin. Besides the generation of electricity, the plant produces thermal energy for district heating of the towns Tuzla and Lukovac, and according to the plant website it also provides industrial water and steam for industry.
In the last decade the citizens of Tuzla started protests against the TTP, pointing out significant levels of air pollution. In 2013 the Municipality of Tuzla brought a legal action for polluting against Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. Sarajevo (EPBiH). The court decision obliged TPP Tuzla to pay 6 million Bosnian Convertible Marks (BAM) (around 4,2 million USD) of compensation for contamination. Additionally, EPBiH and Tuzla Municipality signed the contract of 'friendly environment'. In line with the contract, citizens asked to invest the compensation in the building of recreational and cultural facilities, expansion of the district heating supply system, further improvement on general infrastructure in the city, and certain number of kilowatt-hours of electricity and hours of central heating produced by TTP for free. EPBiH claims to have realized 5 out of 7 project planned by the contract.
In February 2013, the TPP promoted its revitalized Block unit 6 which was upgraded in the project “Electrical Filters Replacement and Upgrading the Ash Transport Systems”. The project was carried out by a consortium of partners including Polish Company RAFAKO SA and DELING Company from Tuzla responsible for replacement of filters, while Energoinvest d.d Sarajevo participated in upgrading of the ash transport systems. In this way, the working life of the TPP was prolonged for 15 years and the emission of pollution particles should be reduced. In the same year, EPBiH announced construction of Block unit 7 of THH, with power of 450 MW and annual production of 2,756 GWh. The citizens’ initiative demand an explanation of the plans of Block unit 7 construction, particularly regarding the Environmental Impact Assessment Study. EPBiH is currently working on selection of the financial partner, design of the preparatory work, and provision of consent. The project already counts with environmental permits by the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and town planing approval by the Federal Ministry of Special Planning. Although Block 7 is planned as a replacement for existing units, those are not compliant with the Large Combustion Plants Directive or Industrial Emissions Directive, and have lifespan until 2027. Therefore the Block 7 would result in use of additional coal capacity. In 2014, EPBiH signed the contract with Chinese construction company Gezhouba. In May 2016 an annex to the contract was signed, which lowered the cost of Block 7 construction. The investments for this project will be provided by the Export-Import Bank of China through loan. In April 2016, representatives of the city of Tuzla local community Šićki Brod handed over a petition with 2100 signatures to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Bosnia and Herzegovina against the plans of construction of slag dump-site from new Block 7 in their neighborhood, which was not covered by the project’s original environmental permit.