The hot water pipeline from Kakanj to Sarajevo is mentioned as one of the solutions that could improve the quality of air in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the colder time of the year.
This project was mentioned for the first time more than 30 years ago. Unfortunately, nothing has been done about it.
“With slight increase in the coal consumption in the Thermal Power Plant Kakanj, we would generate sufficient amount of thermal energy. The pipeline itself could have 300 megawatts of thermal energy. When it comes to pollution, the emission of pollutants to the atmosphere would significantly reduce,” said Ejub Džaferović, design coordinator of the feasibility study for the hot water pipeline Kakanj-Sarajevo.
A study made by Elektroprivreda BiH foresees the centralization of the thermal energy distribution system. Given that the system would be on the Corridor 5C, then the heating from Kakanj would also be available in Visoko, Breza, and Ilijaš.
“The study showed that the project is technically feasible, cost-effective, and socially justified,” said Džaferović, adding that the total investment is worth 230 million BAM.
Elektroprivreda BiH is interested in implementing this project, but they need support from the Government of FBiH, governments of the Sarajevo Canton and the Zenica-Doboj Canton, and municipalities that need to provide the necessary conditions.
Kakanj believes that the construction of the hot water pipeline would also enable the development of the electrical energy sector, which is very important because one third of all residents of this town are employed in the mine and the thermal power plant.