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Serbia's EPS coal output rises 5.1% YTD - energy min

Author Radomir Ralev
Serbia's EPS coal output rises 5.1% YTD - energy min Aleksandar Antic; Source:

BELGRADE (Serbia), June 19 (SeeNews) - Serbian state-owned power utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) increased its coal production by 5.1% year-to-date, energy minister Aleksandar Antic said.

Coal production increased by 900,000 tonnes year-on-year in the review period, Antic said on Tuesday, as quoted in a government statement. 

The rise is coupled with very strong output in the thermal power sector where there is also a significant increase, Antic said.

In January, Antic said EPS intends to expand its coal production by 1.5% to 38 million tonnes this year. 

Serbia's government said in July it plans to change the legal status of EPS to a joint stock company in 2020 in order to improve the viability of EPS operations and ensure its professional management.