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Planned coal-fired TPPs in the Balkans do not meet EU standards – Region, 15 June 2017

The analysis by CEE Bankwatch Network has shown that almost none of the new power plants that are planned to be built in Western Balkans will not meet the latest standards against air pollution approved by the European Union.
Research coordinator of Bankwatch Pippa Gallop said that the drafters of these coal-fired thermal power plant projects are delaying the projects by making revisions and taking measures to adapt them with the new standards, but by not doing them now, they will pay later. The extra costs that the new standards will bring are a warning for governments of Balkan countries that coal will soon become an unusable source of energy. According to the analysis, five out of eight coal-fired TPPs planned in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro, including the newly commissioned TPP Stanari, will not meet the EU standards. The projects in question are TPP Banovici and new units at TPP Tuzla and TPP Ugljevik in BiH, the new B3 unit at TPP Kostolac in Serbia, TPP Kosova e Re in Kosovo, second unit at TPP Pljevlja in Montenegro and the reconstruction of TPP Oslomej in Macedonia. Non-compliance with these standards could pose a serious obstacle for the EU accession of the Balkan countries.

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