The modernisation of the oil refinery in Bosanski Brod, which foresees the implementation of the environmental protection system in accordance with European standards, will not be completed within the set deadline and it will take at least another four years to meet that objection, Republika Srpska Industry and Energy Minister Petar Djokic said on Wednesday.
After touring the refinery, owned by Russia’s state-controlled oil company Zarubezhneft, the minister said the plant’s modernisation could not be completed before the end of 2017.
He announced that the government of the Bosnian Serb entity would ask the Secretariat of the Energy Community, which brings together the countries of the European Union and the Southeast Europe, to move the deadline to the end of 2020.
He also confirmed that the air around the rafinary was being polluted by the plant which leaks sulfur.
“The concentration of the sulfur in these (oil) products) is somewhat higher than allowed by european standards,” Djokic said.