A new EPS mine for the energy security of Serbia. The plan is to
produce between five and six million tons of coal annually at this mine
In Mining basin
"Kolubara", the heart of "Electric Power Industry of Serbia",
at the new open pit mine Field "G", the coal production has started and
this is one of the most important fields in Kolubara, the field of future -
said Milorad Grčić, acting director of PE EPS, on December 27th at the
celebration of the start of coal production at Field "G". - This is a
long-awaited day for "Kolubara" and EPS.
Grčić has emphasized that,
by opening Field "G", along with the future mine
"Radljevo", the production of coal and electricity will be ensured in
the next few decades. He has said that this field is a natural extension of the
mine "Veliki Crljeni" and that high-quality coal is produced at this
- EPS will finish the year
2017 with the production of coal increased by 1.6 million tonnes in relation to
2016 and therefore I would like to congratulate the miners of
"Kolubara" and "Kostolac", as well as all the employees in
EPS - said Grčić. - After many years, all documents and permits have been
provided for the relocation of the Ibar highway and EPS has the funds. At the
beginning of 2018, we are expecting to relocate eight kilometers of the Ibar
highway, which will ensure the smooth development of the mine.
The start of coal
production at Field "G" was also attended by Aleksandar Antić,
Minister of Mining and Energy, who explained that about 60 million euros were
invested in the opening of mine and relocation of the river, the infrastructure
and the Ibar highway and that this was one of the best mines in the Kolubara
mining basin in terms of coal quality.
- In 2018, we will continue
to invest in mining and EPS will allocate around 100 million euros for the procurement
of equipment for opening the new mine "Radljevo" and mining works at
this mine are expected in 2019 - said
Antić. – This is evidence that "Kolubara" and EPS work in a thorough,
quality and planned manner.
Explorations have shown
that the zone of the new mine contains around 34.6 million tons of high-quality
coal. The plan is to produce between five and six million tons of coal annually
at this mine.
In order to get to the
coal, around two million cubic meters of overburden have been excavated since
September. During the lifetime of the mine, a total of around 43 million cubic
meters of overburden will be excavated and deposited and approximately 4.5 million
cubic meters of interburden is located in the zone of this mine.