Drmno mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Drmno coal mine is operated by OPM Kostolac, a subsidiary of state owned Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS), producing 9.5 million tonnes per annum, in the Kostolac basin, Drmno, Serbia.[1]

The mine is the last remaining active pit in the Kostolac mine complex. It provides power to the TPP Kostolac Power Plant.

The company has plans to expand production to 12 million tonnes per annum in 2021.[1]


The map below shows the exact location of the Drmno mine.

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OPM Kostolac supplies coal for the TPP Kostolac Power Plant.[2][3] OPM Kostolac also operates the Cirikovac mine and the Klenovnik mine.

In February 2010 EPS and China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) signed an $US1.25 preliminary contract for the redevelopment of the Kostolac Power Plant. Under the terms of the preliminary contract CMEC will contribute 85% of the cost of the refurbishment of the plant and the installation of sulphur controls. Xinhua News Agency also reported that the project would also include expanding the capacity of the Drmno mine to 12 million tons of lignite per year and "the construction of the new block B3, by the turnkey system."[4]

EPS has another coal mining subsidiary, MB Kolubara, which operates the the Polje B mine, the Polje D mine, the Tamnava Istok mine and the Tamnava Zapad mine. Between them the four mines produce approximately three-quarters of the lignite in Serbia and supply EPS's TPP Kolubara Power Plant, TPP Nikola Tesla Power Plant and the TPP Morava Power Plant.[5]

Project Details

  • Owner:OPM Kostolac
  • Parent Company: Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS)[1]
  • Location: Kostolac basin, Drmno, Serbia
  • GPS coordinates: 44.482913, 20.244569 (exact)
  • Mine status: Operating[1]
  • Start year:
  • Mineable reserves: 350 million tonnes
  • Coal type: lignite[1]
  • Mine type: Surface
  • Production: 9.5 million tonnes per annum[6]
  • Equipment: open pit mining
  • Number of employees: 2,162[6]

Mine Expansion

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Euracoal,Serbia, Country Profile, accessed September 2020
  2. Elektroprivreda Srbije, "About Us: Basic Data: Economic Assosiation for Coal Production, processing and Transport MB Kolubara plc", Elektroprivreda Srbije website, accessed July 2011.
  3. Elektroprivreda Srbije, "About Us: Basic Data: Facilities for coal production, processing and transport OPM "Kostolac"", Elektroprivreda Srbije website, accessed July 2011.
  4. "China, Serbia sign preliminary contract on power station cooperation", Xinhua News Agency, February 4, 2010.
  5. Elektroprivreda Srbije, "About Us: Basic Data: Facilities for coal production, processing and transport ", Elektroprivreda Srbije website, accessed July 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bankwatch, The Great Coal Jobs Fraud, Report, June 2018, page 40-41.

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