In its 67th session, held on 19th June 2014, the Government of the Republic of Srpska issued the Decision on determining public interest for coal mining at the deposit “Ugljevik Istok 2”, in the Ugljevik municipality, which marks the fulfilment of all conditions for the beginning of expropriation of the real estate in question.
Based on the decision of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, the total reserves of raw coal in said deposit, which can be surface mined, amount to 72,719,443 tons (Decision no. 5.07/310-496/13 from 24/02/2014).
Expropriation will cover about 1,000 hectares of agricultural, forest and building land in the cadastral municipalities Ugljevik, Janjari and Glinje. The specified area includes about 2,400 parcels, on which a few hundred buildings, two cemeteries, a few local roads, electricity and telecommunication lines and other infrastructure facilities are located.
Preparations for the beginning of the expropriation process have been completed which will enable the commencement of works on opening the open pit “Ugljevik Istok 2” and also the construction of the industrial site and preparation of the ground where the landfill will be formed. Part of said parcels will be expropriated by the end of 2014 in order to facilitate the commencement of these works, which was planned for early 2015, after which the expropriation will be carried out successively as works progress.
Given that the operation at the open pit “Ugljevik Istok 2” will cut across some local roads, electricity and telecommunication lines and other infrastructure facilities, Comsar Energy Republika Srpska will build replacements, i.e. relocate existing infrastructure facilities. For the existing road Stari Ugljevik - Mezgraja a replacement road has already been designed and it will be built after the expropriation of parcels located on the road area.
The project of expropriation for the mine and thermal power plant Ugljevik 3 is currently the largest expropriation in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Comsar Energy Republika Srpska will use its own funds to finance resolving property-legal questions within the approved mining area and also to provide compensation to holders of rights for usage and disposition of real estate, in accordance with applicable regulations.