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27 Sep 2020

Bosnian Lignite-Fired Plant to Close Until Late October

27 Sep 2020  by   

Bosnia-Herzegovina's 300MW lignite-fired Stanari plant will be disconnected from the grid until the end of October for planned maintenance.

Stanari will be taken off line tomorrow for 30 days for its third annual overhaul. The plant previously shut in February and June this year, but both outages were shorter, having lasted 10 and six days, respectively.

The upcoming outage will also be longer than the overhaul in October last year, when the plant was off line for 10 days.

Net exports from Bosnia may fall while the plant is off line, in line with lower lignite-fired output. Net outflows from the country in June fell to 203MW, their lowest since April 2019. Lignite-fired plants produced about 681GWh during the period, the lowest for any month since the previous June, when volumes totalled 662GWh.

Lignite-generated volumes would usually have been expected to fall in April-May, but output remained high this year amid delays to plant maintenance because of the Covid-19 outbreak and as hydro output fell significantly.

Bosnian net exports are scheduled at 362MW on 1-26 September, down from 488MW in August and 411MW a year earlier. Lignite-fired output has averaged 1.12GW so far this month, down from 1.28GW a month earlier.

And Stanari has generated 1.56TWh so far this year, accounting for 20.3pc of total domestic lignite-fired output.

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