Bila coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Bila coal mine (also known as Abid Lolic coal mine) is an underground mine in Han Bila, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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The mine is operated by RMU Abid Logic, 100% owned by Elektroprivreda BiH.

Coal from the mine is used to supply the Kakanj Thermal Power Plant.[1][2]

Restructuring and Potential Closure

The parent company Elektroprivreda is undertaking restructuring and recapitalization of its seven coal mines over 2021-2023. The company also plans to adjust its coal mines with the national plan to reduce emissions, to result in lower overall production (5 million tonnes of coal in 2021 is expected to drop to 4.6 by 2022 and 4.3 in 2023).[3]

The mine is anticipated for closure this decade. According to 2021 report, "The Abid Lolic mine, which is a key lifeline for 15,000 inhabitants of the Bila valley, will be among the first to close down in 10 years' time over its dwindling coal reserves and an outdated room-and-pillar mining system which limits its output and modernisation."[4]

As of January 2023, the coal mine appears to be operational. There are no announcements about its closure and it is listed on Elektroprivreda's website.[5]

Experts anticipate that none of Bosnia’s remaining 11 coal mines will remain operational in the coming decades as eco pressure grows and the country seeks to clean up as it courts EU membership.[6][7]

Mine Details

  • Owner: RMU Abid Lolic[8]
  • Parent: Elektroprivreda BiH[5]
  • Location: Han Bila, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Coordinates: 44.22141696392994, 17.767261490253233 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 0.2 million tonnes per annum[9] (capacity)
  • Total Resource: 26 million tonnes (2008)[2]
  • Total Reserves: 16 million tonnes (2008)[2]
  • Coal Type: Subbituminous (Thermal)[5][2]
  • Mine Type: UNDERGROUND[4]
  • Start Year: 1948[5]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Thermal-power plant Kakanj", Elektroprivreda BiH website, accessed September 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "CURRENT STATE OF COAL MINES OF THE EP BIH CONCERN AND LONG TERM PLAN OF COAL SUPPLY FOR THERMAL POWER PLANTS "TUZLA" AND "KAKANJ"" (PDF). 2016. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help); line feed character in |title= at position 50 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Coal mining sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina" (PDF). 2021. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Daria Sito-sucic, [Once key to the economy, Bosnia's coal mines face closure], Reuters, May 19, 2021
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Brown coal mine "Abid Lolić"". Retrieved January 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help); External link in |website= (help); line feed character in |title= at position 16 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Down in a hole: Bosnia miners fear green revolution". November 2021. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Seismic Shift Under Way In Bosnia After Pledge To End Coal Industry". November 23, 2021. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Abid Lolic website". Retrieved January 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "2017–2018 Minerals Yearbook" (PDF). 2020. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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