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Thermal Power Plant Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thermal Power Plant Tuzla represents a serious threat to lives of the local people of Tuzla canton because it is unwilling to implement environmental measures but it has been expanding its capacities.


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.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict: Thermal Power Plant Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Country:Bosnia and Herzegovina
State or province:The Tuzla Canton
Location of conflict:Tuzla
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
Specific commodities:Electricity
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Installed capacity of active blocks = 715 MW

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Level of Investment:808,000,000
Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:100,000
Start of the conflict:2013
Company names or state enterprises:Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. Sarajevo - TPP Tuzla owner
RAFAKO S.A. from Poland - Polish company, responsible for replacement of filters on TPP Tuzla Block unit 6
DELING Tuzla from Bosnia and Herzegovina - Bosnian company from Tuzla, responsible for replacement of filters on TPP Tuzla Block unit 6
Energoinvest d.d Sarajevo from Bosnia and Herzegovina - Bosnian company, responsible for upgrading of the ash transport systems on Block unit 6 of TTP Tuzla
China Gezhouba Group Co. LTD (CGGC) from China - Contracted as constructor of TPP Tuzla Blok 7
Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute (GEDI) from China - Contracted as constructor of TPP Tuzla Blok 7
Relevant government actors:Municipality of Zenica, Three authorities of Tuzla District: Šićki Brod, Bukinja, Husina; the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism of B&H; the Federal Ministry of Special Planning of B&H.
International and Finance InstitutionsThe Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank) from China - Investor (85% of investment provided through loan)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:CS Front; CS Centar za ekologiju i energiju Tuzle; Group of representatives of formal and informal citizens’ groups and experts “Grupu za čist zrak” (Group for clean air); Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL); Czech NGO "Arnika"; Association for the Protection of Nature "Ekotim"
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Industrial workers
Informal workers
International ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Street protest/marches
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Soil contamination, Air pollution, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity)
Other Environmental impactsLethal concentrations of arsenic, mercury and cadmium. High emissions of NOx, SO2 and PM2.5.
Health ImpactsVisible: Other environmental related diseases, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Deaths
Other Health impactsRespiratory diseases, cancers and cardiovascular diseases. An estimated loss of life expectancy per person of 3.2 years. The existing power plant in Tuzla is linked with to 4,918 ‘years of life lost’ across Europe each year. In the future new and improved blocks of TTP are estimated to be associated with 310 years of life lost annually.
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/sense of place, Displacement, Land dispossession, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment
Potential: Loss of livelihood, Specific impacts on women, Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Other socio-economic impactsLocal agricultural land was declared by the government to be used for disposal slag from the TPP.
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Environmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
New legislation
Technical solutions to improve resource supply/quality/distribution
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Withdrawal of company/investment
Proposal and development of alternatives:The citizens of Tuzla demanded financial compensation for contamination, as well as more employments in TPP so they could have some economic benefits. Furthermore, the citizens demanded spending compensation money on improving the living conditions in Tuzla Municipality by investing in recreational and cultural facilities, expansion of the district heating supply system, and general improvement on city infrastructure. The plans for building TPP Block 7 are contrary to the citizens and NGO demands to switch to renewable sources in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The experts found that related health costs make energy production from coal economically not viable and more expensive than investments in alternative energy sources. The Tuzla Municipality authorities demanded installation of desulphurization system on the existing TPP blocks.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:As a result of legal action, the municipality of Tuzla received financial compensation for contamination from the Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. Sarajevo in 2013 and in 2014. Elektroprivreda BiH claims to have completed five out of seven projects planned by the contract of friendly environment signed with Tuzla Municipality, mainly including expansion of the district heating supply system and sewage network. Once built environmentally more advanced Block 7 will have lifespan of 40 years. In the meantime active blocks of TPP Tuzla will continue polluting at the same extent until 2027 given that no environmental measures have been implemented.
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

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Tehnički izveštaj Uticaji termoelektrana na ugalj na zdravlje na Zapadnom Balkanu
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Persistent Organic Pollutants in Free Range Chicken Eggs from Western Balkan countries
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Pristustvo teskih metala u zemljistu i lokalno proizvedenoj hrani
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Ekološka revolucija ispred Termoelektrane- Građani protestvovali zbog zagađenja
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TPP Tuzla
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Projekti Elektroprivrede BiH: Ponude za Blok 7 TE Tuzla u aprilu
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Blok 7 TE „Tuzla“
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Izgradnja Bloka 7 TE Tuzla: Nije zagađenje, već veliki benefit
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Bosnia: Pollution or big benefit, construction of the 7th unit of TPP “Tuzla” caused negative reactions from local communities and NGOs
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Successful completion of the project “Thermal power plant Tuzla”
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Građani protiv deponije šljake iz TE Tuzla 7
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Zdravstveni troškovi kao posljedica zagađenja iz termoelektrana na ugalj u BiH se procjenjuju na 3,1 milijardu eura
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Saznajemo: Kinezi grade blok 7 u Tuzli
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Nepodnošljiva zagađenost vazduha u Tuzli
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Termoelektrana i prljava energija
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Učestovali smo na ETNAR seminaru u Tuzli
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Istraživanje: Zdravstveni troškovi od zagađenja iz termoelektrana na ugalj u BiH drugi u regiji
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Kokošja jaja iz Zenice i Tuzle opasna za zdravlje
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Potpisan aneks ugovor o finansiranju izgradnje Bloka 7 TE Tuzla
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Tuzla 7 lignite power plant, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Gradsko vijeće Tuzla: Glavni krivac za zagađenje vazduha termoelektrana
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Japanci odustali od ulaganja u TE Tuzla
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Građani pripremaju kolektivnu tužbu protiv Elektroprivrede BiH
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Izgradnja pogona ili uvoz struje: Da li će BiH ostati bez svoje električne energije?
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Kinezi ulažu 722 miliona evra u TE Tuzla
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REPORTERI MAGAZINA U NAJZAGAĐENIJEM GRADU U EUROPI Svi pričaju samo o Pekingu, a Tuzla je tri puta zagađenija
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Inicijativa za kolektivnu tužbu protiv EP BiH
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Proizvod smrti TE Tuzla
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Ekoloska revolucija: Protest građana Sickog Broda, Husina i Bukinja
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Tuzla: Senail Ajsic protest ispred Termoelektrane Tuzla
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Teškim metalima zagađeno poljoprivredno zemljište u Tuzli
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Žitelji tuzlanskih naselja: Termoelektrana uzrok karcinoma
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Termoelektrana Tuzla: Neraskidiva veza tuzlanskog industrijskog bazena - Reportaža - 25.02.2016.
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Other comments:The Chinese company Gezhouba and The Export-Import Bank have been included in construction of other two TPP in B&H, the one near Doboj is finished, while there is agreement on the construction of another one in Banovici.
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Contributor:Jovanka Spiric, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, vankajo(at)
Last update18/08/2019
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