Serbia will need more coal, additional 7.7 million tons to be mined from Field G in Kolubara

The Electric Power Company of Serbia and the Ministry of Environmental Protection have published a notice on the submitted request to determine the scope and content of the Environmental Impact Assessment Study of the Supplementary Mining Project for the expansion of the Polje G surface mine in the Kolubara mining basin.

As stated in the request of the investor JP EPS Branch of RB Kolubara, given the enormous growth in electricity consumption, due to the stability of the power system, it is necessary to work in a timely manner to ensure the conditions for opening replacement capacities for existing coal mines.

– According to current observations, RB “Kolubara” is in a delicate situation, because some mines are nearing the end of exploitation, others are not able to achieve the annual projected coal production, and the preparatory activities for opening replacement capacities are quite late – the document states.

As it is explained, the Main Mining Project PK “Polje G” (“Project” Lazarevac) was completed in 2014 and according to it, the total amount of coal to be mined in this surface mine is about 35 million tons. The projected annual coal production is 5 million tons (replacement capacity for the decommissioned “Veliki Crljeni” mine), and coal production started at the end of 2017. By the end of 2021, about 21.9 million tons of coal have been mined, which means that there is still about 13.1 million tons more to be unearthed.

– With the projected production, the mine would finish mining coal in the following year, but, considering the need that has arisen, a space for expansion to the east and southeast has been identified. In that zone, about 6 million tons of coal could be unearthed, as well as the possibility of expansion to the west, where, in addition, about 1.7 million tons of coal could be unearthed. With projected production, it means that the life of the mine would be extended by about 1.5 years – the document states.

Also, it is added, as it is evident that the production of coal at the new PK “Radljevo” will be delayed, due to the delay in the procurement of equipment that is planned for the main mining project, it was decided that by expanding the “G” field, another 1.5 years for start of coal production at PK “Radljevo”.

Let us remind you that recently the Electric Power Company of Serbia announced a tender for the technical control of the main mining project for the opening of a new deposit in western Kostolac.

The projected annual capacity in the first phase of exploitation would be 3 million tons of coal for the needs of the thermal power plant in Obrenovac, and in the second phase another 200,000 tons of trench coal for the supply of thermo blocks in Kostolac B.

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