Zenica coal mine

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Zenica Coal Mine is an UNDERGROUND mine in Zenica-Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It includes three small underground mines Stara jama, Raspotočje and Stranjani.


The map below shows the EXACT location of Raspotočje underground mine.

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RMU Zenica operates the mine, which is owned by Elektroprivreda BiH.[1]

The mine comprises three underground deposits: Stara jama, Raspotočje and Stranjani.

The company's website states that "in order to preserve the continuity of production in all three sections, from 1983 onwards, the chamber mining method is used, as an alternative method, as no significant investments were made in the company to regain the wide-faced method. Coal production in the last five years amounts averaged 0.32 million tonnes pear year.[1]

In September 2014, there was a devastating rock burst with fatal consequences in the Raspotočje mine, which is why the federal mining inspection banned all works in the eastern part of the 8th tectonic terrace of the main coal seam.[2]

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

According to Global Data, the mine produced 0.38 million tonnes in 2021.[3]

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, which will affect the drop in overall production (5 million tons of coal in 2021 is expected to drop to 4.6 by 2022 and 4.3 in 2023).[4][5]

Experts anticipate that none of Bosnia’s remaining 11 coal mines will remain operational in the coming decades as eco pressures grow and the country seeks to clean up as it courts EU membership.[6][7][8]

Mine Details

  • Operator: RMU Zenica[1]
  • Owner: Elektroprivreda BiH[9]
  • Location: Zenica-Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Coordinates: 44.18877222134186, 17.932896597545355 (exact for Raspotočje underground mine)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 0.38 million tonnes (2021)[3]
  • Total Reserves: 177 million tonnes[9][2]
  • Mineable Reserves: 131 million tonnes (2008)[2]
  • Coal Type: Subbituminous (Thermal)[10]
  • Mine Type: UNDERGROUND
  • Start Year: 1880[1]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "O nama (About Us)". https://rmuzenica.ba/. Retrieved January 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help); External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  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). https://bhee.ba/. 2016. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help); line feed character in |title= at position 50 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Five Largest Underground Mines in 2021, Global Data, accessed December 2022
  4. "Coal mining sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina" (PDF). https://china-cee.eu/. 2021. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "How the largest Mine in FBiH fades away: Young Miners are resigning, Production is declining". https://sarajevotimes.com/. May 2021. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Down in a hole: Bosnia miners fear green revolution". https://www.euractiv.com/. 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". https://www.rferl.org/. November 23, 2021. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "MINING IN BIH: Underground mines pending closure, there are no innocent for the social catastrophe". https://zurnal.info/. 2021. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "RMU „Zenica"". https://www.epbih.ba/. Retrieved January 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help); External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Energy Prospects in BiH" (PDF). https://www.cin.ba/. 2015. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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