The Public Procurement Agency publishes the requirements for the public procurement of the gas connection Bulgaria - Serbia
NEK achieved energy savings of over 1 GWh
As a legal entity liable under the Energy Efficiency Act, NEK EAD was set a goal to achieve and prove to the Agency for Sustainable Energy Development (AUER) energy savings in final consumption for the period 2017 - 2019, amounting to 483 MWh. As a result of the numerous measures implemented by NEK EAD, the company achieved energy savings in final consumption amounting to 1,011.36 MWh - more than twice the set target. The savings were confirmed after AUER issued the necessary certificates, the National Electric Company announced. AUER is the institution that monitors compliance with legislation in the field of energy efficiency. By issuing certificates for energy savings, the agency confirms the amount of energy savings as a result of the performed energy efficient services and other measures to increase energy efficiency. Energy saving is the amount of saved energy, determined by measuring and / or estimating the energy consumption as a difference in the consumed amounts of energy before and after the application of measures to increase energy efficiency. An increase in energy efficiency is the result of the implementation of a measure or activity that leads to a reduction in the ratio between the amount of energy used and the output quantity of goods, services or energy produced without deterioration in quality or other characteristics.Read more
Met Group Completes Acquisition of 42 Mw Wind Park in Bulgaria
Swiss-based European energy company MET Group has completed the acquisition of a 100% stake in Enel Green Power Bulgaria EAD, which owns a 42-megawatt wind park in Bulgaria. The transaction is part of MET’s growth strategy to develop a significant renewable portfolio in the CEE region. The 42 MW wind park located in North-eastern Bulgaria is now wholly owned by MET Group, following the successful completion of a share and purchase transaction with Italian Enel Green Power S.p.A., the renewable arm of Enel Group, as seller. The transaction was completed on 20 January 2021, and was cleared by the Bulgarian and Serbian competition authorities. The wind park, the 5th largest in Bulgaria, is located in the municipality of Shabla and Kavarna, with 14 units of Vestas-V90 wind turbines (3 MW capacity each). The wind farm, operating since 2010, supplies power equivalent to the consumption of around 30,000 households. MET Group considers the growth of renewable power generation in Central and Eastern Europe as a core part of its business strategy going forward, whilst also supporting the energy transition away from coal in Europe. MET’s goal is to build a geographically diversified portfolio of power generation and infrastructure assets, with a substantial renewable asset portfolio. MET Group is an integrated European energy company, headquartered in Switzerland, with activities in natural gas and power markets. MET is present in 14 countries through subsidiaries, 25 national gas markets and 22 international trading hubs. In 2019, MET Group’s consolidated sales revenue amounted to EUR 11.7 billion, the volume of natural gas traded was 50 BCM. MET is owned 80% by its employees and 20% by Keppel Corporation.
By the end of the day Unit 5 до NPP Kozloduy will again supply electricity to the system
Unit 5 of the Kozloduy nuclear power plant was shut down last night. The reactor protections worked and shut it down shortly after 1 hour. Additional power and thermal power plants are immediately engaged to compensate for the voltage loss. The responsible services are categorical - there is no leakage of radiation or danger to people for any other reason. The two power units of Kozloduy NPP are 1000 megawatts each. Thus, with the exclusion of one, the capacity produced by the nuclear power plant is halved. What is officially known is that the Fifth Unit of the plant has been shut down during maintenance. The Electricity System Operator immediately started supplying electricity to the grid with replacement capacities. Attempts are being made to make UnitFive work today. The automatic protection of the Fifth Unit has been activated during routine operations at the nuclear power plant. "I got in touch with the executive director early in the morning and we learned from him that at 01:17 during a technological operation the automatic protection of the Fifth Unit was activated," said Ramadan Atalay, a member of the Energy Committee in parliament. This operation affects modules outside the nuclear reactor itself. "Maintenance of a cabinet that supplies sensors had to be carried out. During this maintenance, blockages and protections were activated, which caused the main pumps to stop and, accordingly, the protection of the reactor worked, ”said Tsanko Bachiiski, who is chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency. It is not yet clear why the defense was involved. "The reactor is in a safe condition," Bachiiski added. The electricity system operator has immediately activated reserve energy capacities so that there are no problems with the power supply in the country. "Everything is balanced and Bulgarian citizens should not worry about the security of electricity supply to each of them," said Angelin Tsachev - Executive Director of the Electricity System Operator. Both the Nuclear Regulatory Agency and the Ministry of Energy are adamant that there is no danger to people. "Colleagues have started clarifying the case. They have established that there is no danger, there is no radiation pollution, there are no releases of radioactive substances ", said Tsanko Bachiiski. "I want to emphasize that there is no accident and there is no reason for concern among Bulgarian citizens," said Temenuzhka Petkova. "Unit 6 is operating normally, at full power. The electricity system of the country is stable, the power plants that produce electricity from coal have been activated. So electricity for the country is guaranteed, "she added. Such situations are not a precedent and may happen in the future. "A similar situation can happen at any power plant or any power plant that produces electricity," Petkova commented.
Parliament approved at second reading the amendments to the Energy Act
The National Assembly approved at second reading the amendments to the Energy Act, which abolish the tenders for the reservation of cold reserve for electricity generation capacity. The texts envisage the Electricity System Operator to provide the necessary reserves by concluding contracts for additional services on a market basis - after a tender. The adopted changes also provide for producers with a total installed capacity of 500 kilowatts to 1 megawatt to enter the free market. In this way, in practice, additional liquidity capacities are provided on the stock exchange on the one hand and on the other hand the next stage is prepared for the entry into the market of consumers who currently fall into the regulated segment. With the changes from January 1, 2021, the obligatory five percent contribution to the Electricity System Security Fund for the new RES projects is abolished. At the beginning of the debate, Ramadan Atalay of the MRF again presented his earlier proposal for legal changes and described them as "serious energy reform". Yesterday, they were rejected almost unanimously during their discussion in the Energy Committee (they received support by only two votes). Among them was the proposal to drop NEK as a public supplier. We remind you that they also included settling in a completely new way the pricing of the electricity that the final suppliers sell to household consumers, as well as the acquisition of the same from the platforms on an organized stock market. Given the elimination of the role of the public supplier, changes were also envisaged in the Electricity System Security Fund with a new compensation mechanism, which, however, affects the final suppliers and, respectively, the consumers. Of Ramadan Atalay's proposals, the only thing left in the new legal changes is for "green hydrogen". Subsequently, Atalay withdrew his proposals precisely because of the lack of support from the Energy Commission. The MP commented that by July 1, 2021 we must have full liberalization of the market, which motivates the proposal to drop NEK as a public supplier. We remind you that according to previous statements, full liberalization should take place in stages by 2025, and not by the date indicated by the MRF MP. In practice, the voted changes guarantee gradual liberalization. Valentin Nikolov from GERB explained that really without full liberalization of the market, there will be no tenders for capacity. He pointed out that this is not the way to make these changes with proposals for changes between the first and second reading of the bill. Nikolov insisted on a wide public discussion. Tasko Ermenkov from the BSP said that the proposals of the MRF are in line with the management policy of GERB in the field of energy. He said he was satisfied that the majority in this room had clearly embraced the idea that such reforms would be illegitimate at the end of the term. The adopted provisions introduce a commitment to mark the so-called "Standardized load profile". Valentin Nikolov from GERB explained that with the introduction of this profile, all electricity distribution companies are obliged to indicate it in the invoices they send to their customers. According to him, depending on this profile, every consumer of electricity in Bulgaria will be able to choose a supplier. "This is another action aimed at liberalizing the market not only wholesale but also retail," he said. The adopted texts expand the scope of financing from the "Electricity System Security Fund" of the obligors to AUER. Thus, they will be able to use credit resources to conclude energy efficiency contracts with consumers. As it is known so far, AUER did not have a mechanism to take into account the investments made, for example, by end suppliers to end-users. A procedure for concluding a framework agreement between the banks and the Electricity System Security Fund is now envisaged. For example, final suppliers will be able to learn bank loans for the implementation of energy efficiency measures and interest on them will be paid by the Fund. "It will be possible to form a financial resource that will be invested in energy efficiency and renewable sources. All Bulgarian citizens will be able to benefit from this financial resource," said Nikolov, after which he specified that those interested will have to meet the requirements. defined in an ordinance of the Council of Ministers. The adopted texts in the additional provisions define the term "green hydrogen" as: "hydrogen obtained by electrolysis or other technologies using renewable energy sources", as well as the term "interconnection gas pipeline". Valentin Nikolov summed up that this allows Bulgaria to meet its goals by 2030 related to decarbonisation and pointed out that our country is one of the few countries.
With a savings plan, we will neither become rich nor green
The last month was marked by discussions on the National Plan for Reconstruction and Sustainability, which will give Bulgaria access to funding from the EU Reconstruction Mechanism - about BGN 12 billion for the period 2021-2027. According to the plan, "this will allow in the long run plan to achieve the strategic goal of the government for convergence of the economy and incomes to the Central European ones ”. In its current form, however, the Plan will not make a significant contribution to achieving its main goal. Instead of stimulating investments in green energy and industries with export potential, it relies on the absorption of funds with 100% grants for various causes (education, social inclusion, etc.) and increasing the energy efficiency of buildings. This is a Savings and Shrinkage Plan rather than a Development and Expansion Plan. And Bulgaria needs the latter if we ever want to achieve the cherished goal. Priorities need to be different, with the main funding going to businesses with export potential that create employment and high added value. Potential examples are: activities that reflect the priorities of the European Sustainable Investment Taxonomy and the European Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials such as the extraction and recycling of non-ferrous metals, in which we have a tradition; heating and / or cogeneration of heat and electricity from alternative sources such as solar thermal panels, energy recovery of geothermal waters and geothermal gradient, biomass, waste, including sludge from treatment plants; electrification of the car fleet, but without large subsidies for the purchase of cars, but through the creation of charging infrastructure; introduction of innovative technological solutions in the energy sector and extraction of own energy sources such as batteries, small modular nuclear reactors, hydrogen, storage and utilization of carbon, extraction of gas from unconventional sources; mass gasification, which gives not only clean heat to households, but also a competitive advantage for many industries. All of the above should take place in the context of the phasing out of TPPs that burn lignite without carbon storage. The oldest and the dirtiest assets must be closed first, and the last the most modern and clean, which can meet the EU's environmental requirements and are technically indispensable for the regulation of the electricity system and the integration of variable renewable energy sources. The state must play a supporting role, which at the same time to use the country's resources and give clean technological solutions a boost to achieve a significant market presence. Sustainable "green transformation of the economy" is possible only if the latter are imposed on the free market and provide competitive advantages to consumers and companies. Too long and generous subsidies lead to a dead end. No matter how much money is poured into the country's economy, the Plan will not achieve its goals if it is not accompanied by reforms that stimulate private initiative. This is not just about increasing foreign direct investment, but above all about creating conditions for the profits of Bulgarian companies to be reinvested in the country, as well as Bulgarian citizens to withdraw and invest their money, which sleep soundly under mattresses and in bank deposits. This is related to two things: a) increasing the general level of economic freedom, which is expressed in the following dimensions: rule of law; limited state intervention; regulatory efficiency; open markets and b) change of attitudes and trust towards entrepreneurship and business among the population. Only a strong and unrelated business can create a strong and sustainable economy.
The Public Procurement Agency publishes the requirements for the public procurement of the gas connection Bulgaria - Serbia
The Public Procurement Agency (PPA) has published the procedure for the requirements for the construction of an interconnection gas connection Bulgaria - Serbia on Bulgarian territory, according to a reference on the agency's website. The contracting authority is Bulgartransgaz. Bulgartransgaz CEO Vladimir Malinov announced during a government meeting Wednesday that the company will announce a public tender for the supply of equipment and the construction of the Bulgaria-Serbia interconnector. On the territory of Bulgaria is 62 km. The value for this public procurement is about BGN 144 million, Malinov was quoted as saying by BTA. It is clear from the PPA website that the minimum eligibility requirements for the economic and financial condition of the participants wishing to submit bids for the construction of an interconnection gas connection Bulgaria - Serbia on Bulgarian territory are to have a turnover of the activity in the amount of at least BGN 35 million in the last three financial years. In addition, during the last five years, the contractor must have participated in the construction (new construction or reconstruction or overhaul) of a gas pipeline made of welded steel pipes laid underground, passing outside urban areas, with a length of not less than 15 km continuous a section with a nominal diameter DN greater than or equal to 700 mm and a design pressure exceeding 1.6 MPa. The participants will have to prepare an investment project for each phase of the project, to deliver the materials for construction and equipment, as well as to perform the construction and installation works. The requirements for them include the commissioning of the gas connection between the two countries. Estimated value of the project (excluding VAT) is BGN 143,559,450. The deadline for receiving offers or applications for participation is until 22.02.2021 - 23.59 hours, according to the PPA website. We specify that the gas interconnection Bulgaria-Serbia (IBS) is envisaged as a reverse connection that will connect the national gas transmission networks of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Serbia and is included in the projects of common interest of the EU. The gas pipeline has a total length of about 170 km from the town of Novi Iskar, Republic of Bulgaria to the town of Nis, Republic of Serbia, of which about 62 km on Bulgarian territory. After its construction, the gas connection will have a capacity of 1.8 billion m3 / year. with the possibility of reverse flow. The route of the transmission gas pipeline is characterized by the following parameters: Home: existing site for treatment plant "Novi Iskar" of the national gas pipeline; Length of the transmission gas pipeline from the starting point to the point of crossing the Bulgarian-Serbian border in the amount of about 62 km; Gas pipeline diversion for AGRS “Slivnitsa” with a length of about 0.2 km; Gas pipeline diversion for AGRS "Dragoman" with a length of about 0.1 km; End: the Bulgarian-Serbian border. The beneficiary is Bulgartransgaz, and the total value of the project is BGN 9,240,420.0. The total amount of the grant is BGN 5,468,820, of which BGN 4,648,497 is European and BGN 820,323.00 is national co-financing.
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