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       In a statement last month, Kosovo prime minister Ramush
       Haradinaj said construction was likely to begin early next year.
       Lluka and ContourGlobal did not immediately return requests for
       Dajana Berisha, founding member of the Kosovo Civil Society
       Consortium for Sustainable Development (Kosid) said: “We’re
       happy that our efforts, work has been proven to be right. But
       now another battle will probably begin, because we don’t know
       whether the government will continue searching for other
       investors to come and support the project.”

       In 2013 World Bank revised its lending policies to rule out new
       coal projects, except in “exceptional circumstances”. Kosovo e
       Re has been the only coal project for which the bank has been
       considering support.
       Years of war and slow reconstruction have left Kosovo with a
       power sector based entirely on the tiny country’s abundant
       lignite resource. Two Tito-era power stations, just outside the
       capital Prishtina, are notorious for breakdowns, black outs and
       air pollution.

       In September, Joseph Brandt, founder and CEO of ContourGlobal,
       announced several bids for contracts to build and operate the plant.
       He said it was “crucial to the future of Kosovo’s energy supply”.
       The World Bank’s involvement in the coal sector in Kosovo has
       been controversial. In 2016, CHN reported on leaked internal
       documents that found the bank had breached its own rules when
       villagers were forced from their homes to make way for a coal
       mine expansion.

       This article was first published by Climate Home News at

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