STEAG, Montenegro: Bomb Attacks, Killings, Shake Montenegro’s Security

Montenegro: Steag responsible for the environmental reconstruction of the Pljevlja Thermal Power Plant
By Lida Filippakis / Published on: 20-03-2018, 20:19
Montenegro: Steag responsible for the environmental reconstruction of the Pljevlja Thermal Power Plant
According to Montenegro’s power utility Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) the company has chosen an offer by the Essen-based (Germany) industrial group Steag Energy Services GmbH „for the drafting of a preliminary design project for the reconstruction of Pljevlja plant with an installed capacity of 225 MW“, as Balkan Green Energy News has reported.

The German company that specialises in the fields of energy and renewable sources is to sign the contract with the Montenegrin utility in the coming days, whereas Steag Energy Services will have seven months to finish the project.

The site reads that, „The project, designed to avert the major polluter’s shutdown, includes installing new DeSOx and DeNOx systems, upgrading of the existing electro-filter facilities, developing a wastewater treatment system, reconstructing the transportation system for coal combustion products, and building a heat facility as part of the Pljevlja municipality’s district heating project.“…. / IBNA

Bomb Attacks, Killings, Shake Montenegro’s Security

Montenegro top security officials admit the situation in the country is worrying, after new bomb blasts and assassinations, having claimed the opposite for years.

Dusica Tomovic


A car bomb killed one in the capital Podgorica on March 28. Photo: BIRN.

A car bomb exploded late on Sunday in the northern Montenegrin town of Bijelo Polje, just an hour after a meeting of top security and judiciary officials who pledged to wage war on organized crime groups.

The bomb exploded in front of the home of the prominent journalist Sead Sadikovic, known for his investigations into corruption and organized crime. It is unknown whether he was the target.

Sadikovic, a journalist at TV Vijesti, was questioned by police. The Montenegrin Journalists Associations warned earlier that he was under threat because of his work and urged the authorities to investigate the case.

The latest blast, the seventh this year, caused outrage on social media late on Sunday as citizens demanded action to end violence, and top security officials‘ resignations.

Although Prime Minister Dusko Markovic has insisted in recent months that the security situation in the country is satisfactory, the tone changed after Sunday’s National Security Council meeting, which was called because of the raging gang wars on the streets of the capital, Podgorica, and some other towns.

It stated that the “security situation has worsened as a result of the growing conflicts of organized criminal groups.“

The top security body was also attended by supreme court judges and prosecutors.

“Continuous and coordinated activities have been agreed that will provide a strong and comprehensive response by the state against organized crime,“ a press statement after the meeting read.

Reportedly, most of the killings are part of a war between the two cocaine smuggling gangs, originally based in the coastal town of Kotor but which later spread all over the country.

On Saturday, a shooting killed two people in the crowded centre of Podgorica, one of whom was a bystander. This promped the resignation of the police administration chief Slavko Stojanovic and some other senior police and security officers.

On March 28, a car bomb exploded in a Podgorica residential neighbourhood where most state officials live. The blast killed one person, reportedly a member of one of Kotor’s cocaine gangs.

Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic on Sunday meanwhile said Serbia will not allow the “import of Montenegrin gang violence“ after local media alleged that the recent killings in Montenegro are linked to earlier assassinations in Serbia, committed in 2017.

“We will ban the entry into our country of a number of persons that we believe can endanger security and continue with strong repressive actions, which we will send a clear message that such persons are not welcome in Serbia,“ Stefanovic told the Belgrade-based daily Politika.

Over the past year, several Montenegrin towns and Podgorica have been hit by murders and bomb blasts – but police have caught few of the perpetrators.