Kamengrad Thermal Power Plant

From Global Energy Monitor

Kamengrad Thermal Power Plant is a proposed 430-megawatt (MW) brown coal fired power station in Bosnia.

Though plans for the plant could progress in the future, the project is presumed shelved as of July 2022.


The map below shows Kamengrad, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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In November 2011, it was reported that Bosnia's Federation plans to invest 620 million euro ($827 million) in the construction of two thermal power units with a capacity of 215 megawatts (MW) each. It would be built near the Kamengrad coal mine, located near Sanski Most. Construction on the units is planned to be five years.[1]

There were no further developments on the project until September 2017, when it was reported that China Energy Engineering Corp (CEEC) was in talks about investing 1 billion euros (US$1.2 bln) in a 430 MW coal power project in Bosnia, including development of the Kamengrad coal mine in Sanski Most, northeast Bosnia. CEEC was in talks with Bosnian private company Lager, which holds a 30-year concession to operate the Kamengrad coal mine, and talks were reportedly well underway and could soon lead to an agreement. The mine has 115 million tonnes of proven coal reserves and an estimated 400 million tonnes of untapped coal reserves.[2]

In October 2017, China's TEPC Overseas Engineering Company and Bosnian construction material supplier Lager were reportedly set to sign a deal on the construction of the US$614 million plant in November, during the China-Central Eastern European Summit of Leaders in Budapest.[3]

The project does not appear to have been included in the local spatial plan.[4] Attempts to discuss the plant at a Municipal Council in 2019 were cancelled due to public pressure. A June 2022 article described the plant as "very unlikely".[5]


In November 2017, China Energy Group signed an agreement to provide a loan of US$607.8 million for the construction of the project.[6] However it appears that this was not a final deal - another source from January 2018 reported that the final agreement was to be signed in June 2018.[7]


According to BankWatch Network, the project faced "much more" local opposition than other power plant proposals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The approximate location near the Sana river made residents question the project's impact on ecotourism, agriculture and conservation.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: RMU Kamengrad
  • Parent company: RMU Kamengrad
  • Developers: TEPC Overseas Engineering Company (China), Lager (Bosnia)
  • Location: Kamengrad, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Coordinates: 44.766667,16.666667 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 215 MW
    • Unit 2: 215 MW
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing: US$607.8 million in loans from China Energy Group (proposed 2018)[6]

Resources and articles


  1. "Bosnia Plans to Build Two Thermal Power Units at Kamengrad Coal Mine," Lumen.hr, November 29, 2011
  2. "Chinese in talks to invest $1.2 bln Bosnia coal power project," Reuters, September 15, 2017
  3. "Chinese company, Bosnia's Lager to sign deal on construction of Kamengrad TPP," SeeNews, October 25, 2017
  4. "The energy sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina," Bankwatch, undated
  5. "Kamengrad lignite power plant, Bosnia-Herzegovina," Bankwatch, June 24, 2022
  6. 6.0 6.1 "China Energy Group, Bosnia's Lager sign deal on RiTE Kamengrad project," seenews.com, November 28, 2017
  7. "China Energy Group, Bosnia's Lager to sign final deal on RiTE Kamengrad project in June". https://seenews.com. January 2018. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Kamengrad lignite power plant, Bosnia-Herzegovina," Bankwatch, accessed November 15, 2022

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