May 15, 2017
ODA Loan which was granted to the Government of Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH) in 2009 for Flue-gas desulphurization project (FGD) has reached very important phase. Namely, on 15 May 2017 the Site-opening Ceremony was organized in Ugljevik Thermal Power Plant (TPP) where the Contractor, a Japanese consortium MHPS, and the Executing Agency Ugljevik TPP jointly prepared ceremony to celebrate commencement of works.
Representatives of the Embassy of Japan in BiH, Ministry of Energy of Republika Srpska, Ministry of Finance and Treasury of BiH, Japanese Ambassador to Bosnia and Hercegovina, representatives of Mixed Holding Elektroprivreda Republika Srpska, Mayor of the Town Ugljevik and other guests attended the ceremony.
High-ranked guests gave speeches, such as the Minister of Energy in the Government of Republika Srpska, who pointed out in his speech that they have great appreciation for having Japan as a partner-country since Japan will transfer its know-how and new technologies to the people of Republika Srpska and BiH in general. He said that this project is the biggest project of this type in this part of Europe and wished successful completion of works.
H.E. Ambassador of Japan to BiH, Mr. Kazuya Ogawa, said that this loan was provided with very beneficial conditions: interest rate of 0.55%, repayment period of 30 years and 10 years grace period. He also pointed out that this project is very important to prevent very high-pollution with SO2 and contribute good health of the residents. EU environmental standards will be achieved as a result of FGD facility work and therefore the Japanese Government supports this project with a wish that this technology will be adopted in other TPPs in BiH in the future, added the Ambassador.
Ground breaking ceremony and Taru Sake barrel breaking ceremony took place as well and folklore ensemble from the town Ugljevik has performed traditional folk-dance to celebrate commencement of works.
All participants in the Site-opening Ceremony expressed their sincere wish for construction works to be performed smoothly and in a safe manner, and scheduled the next gathering in approximately 3 years when FGD facility construction should be completed and the facility itself put into full function.
Article prepared by: Irena Popovic
JICA Balkan Office
H.E.Mr. Ogawa, the Ambassador of Japan to BH, giving a speech
At the ground breaking ceremony
Taru Sake barrel breaking ceremony for good luck of commencement of works
Folklore ensemble from the town of Ugljevik performing traditional folk dance at the celebration