Štavalj Power Station

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The Štavalj Power Station is a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Štavalj, Serbia.


The map below shows the approximate location of the coal plant in Štavalj, 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Belgrade.

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Śtavalj Power Station would be fueled by the Štavalj lignite coal deposit, estimated by the Serbia Ministry of Mining and Energy to have 70 million tonnes of coal reserves, sufficient to fuel the plant for 40 years. A pre-feasibility study has been developed for evaluating a new underground coal mine and thermal power plant complex, with the mine having a planned mining rate of 2.3 million tonnes per year of coal.[1]

On May 9, 2012, Serbia's state-run power utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) and Alta AS, a Czech engineering and energy company, signed a letter of intent to develop the plant and mine. The 500 million euro ($650 million) plant will take three to five years to complete, and will start after technical and financial details are agreed on. Financing will come from a “consortium of banks,” according to Alta. Serbia plans to become a net exporter of electricity by 2015.[2]

In its 2013 Annual Report, developer Alta AS stated it had signed a Memorandum with the Serbian Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure for the installation of a new mine and 380 MW power plant complex.[3] Plans for a 300 MW coal plant and mine were also listed in the 2013 Government of Serbia annual report,[4] as well as the Serbia Energy Sector Development Strategy until 2025.[5]

A working group for the realization of a 2 x 150 MW Stavalj coal project was formed in February 2014 by the Serbian government. The group was updated in April 2014, with the President of Sjenica municipality as a new member.[6]

The project is mentioned as potential in the new energy strategy of Serbia approved by the government in May 2015 and the Parliament in December 2015. However, the Serbian Government later adopted the 2016 Energy Strategy Implementation Plan up to 2023, and the only coal power plant planned by the end of 2023 is a new unit at the Kostolac power station. The proposed Štavalj power station would therefore be built after 2023, and is described as 300 MW in the 2016 Energy Strategy.[7]

The proposal is also mentioned in Serbia's draft spatial plan 2021-2035. A decision on the spatial plan is to be reached in March 2021.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Elektroprivreda Srbije
  • Parent company:
  • Developer: Alta AS
  • Location: Štavalj , Zlatibor, Serbia
  • Coordinates: 43.27305,19.99944 (approximate)
  • Status: Announced
  • Capacity: 300 MW
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Śtavalj lignite coal deposit
  • Source of financing:

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