Banovici coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Banovici coal mine is a SURFACE and UNDERGROUND mine in near Banovici in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The surface sections are Grivice and Turija sections, the Omazici is an underground section. After three decades of exploitation, another surface mine section Čubrić was closed in 2011.[1]


The map below shows the exact location of the mine.

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The mines are owned and operated by the coal mining company RMU Banovici. The company is listed on Sarajevo Stock Exchange. [2]

There are 3 coal mine sections - surface sections Turija and Grivice, as well as an underground Omazići deposit.

Coal from the mine is used to supply Tuzla Thermal Power Plant,[3][4] owned by Elektroprivreda BiH, a public power utility. Coal is also exported to Serbia.[1][5]

The United States Geological Survey from 2017-2018 and the company's website reported production as 1.5 million tonnes.[6][7] H1 2022 production was 753 thousand tonnes, which is consistent with the 1.5 million annual estimate.[1]

In 2020 it was announced that the company plans to increase production by 0.5-0.6 million tonnes per annum.[8] However it appears that the project has not progressed and is Shelved. RMU Banovici was also developing a 350MW power plant Banovici power station, but the plans to appear to be on hold, as of January 2023.

Mine Details

  • Operator: RMU Banovici
  • Owner: Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina (69.5%), ZIF HERBOS FOND d.d. Tuzla (7%)[8][2]
  • Location: Banovici, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Coordinates: 44.41592276484279, 18.531199645471904 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 1.5 million tonnes[6][7]
  • Total Resource:
  • Total Reserves:
  • Coal Type: Lignite (Thermal)[1]
  • Start Year: 1974 (Turija), 1984 (Grivice), 1938 (Omazići)
  • Source of Financing:

Project Expansion Details

  • Status: Shelved
  • Capacity: 0.6 million tonnes announced in 2020[8]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Banovici coal mine denies Serbia's purchase of large quantities of coal". July 2022. External link in |website= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "RMU BANOVICI DD BANOVICI (Sarajevo Stock Exchange)". Retrieved January 2023. Check date values in: |access-date= (help); External link in |website= (help)
  3. "Thermal-power plant Tuzla", Elektroprivreda BiH website, accessed September 2012.
  4. "Elektroprivreda - 2021 Annual Report (page 112)" (PDF). 2022. External link in |website= (help)
  5. "WB-6 countries struggling to secure electricity production in their old coal power plants". May 2022. External link in |website= (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 2017–2018 Minerals Yearbook, USGS, December 2020
  7. 7.0 7.1 "About us (Translated with Google Translate)". Retrieved January 2023. Check date values in: |access-date= (help); External link in |website= (help)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Stefan Radulovikj,Bosnia's Banovici coal miner plans to boost production by up to 600,000 tonnes, See News, September 28, 2020

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