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1 million cubic meters of earth has already been excavated during the construction of the Radiana site
There will be no period in which the site of the National Repository for Radioactive Waste Disposal (NH RAW) will remain without vegetation after its commissioning. This became clear during the second working meeting on the project for reclamation and landscaping of green areas on the site of "Radiana", according to the State Enterprise "Radioactive Waste". Both the commitments and the deadlines for control over the maintenance of the already grassed terrain became clear - the mowing of the vegetation, which according to the plan is envisaged as a fire-fighting measure, as well as the activities for nourishing the soil after the biological reclamation. In the course of the large-scale construction of the National Repository, intended for processed and safe radioactive waste generated on the territory of Bulgaria, and in accordance with the project, about 1 million cubic meters of earth masses have been excavated so far. Part of this amount is utilized for the loess-cement cushion under the burial cages. A significant part of the excavated earth mass is stored on the site for future use when closing the repository. The complex design development for the site includes technical and biological reclamation of the areas during operation and closure of NH RAW and landscaping of the green areas on the territory of the repository (46.6 hectares), which will be implemented in two stages - during the operational period and after the closing period. The necessary balance has been made to provide humus soil for the period of both stages. "Only after the first year after spreading the humus soil, the soil microflora is restored," said Prof. Rositsa Petrova, a member of the project team and a specialist in humus. The maintenance activities on the grassy terrain will be carried out for three years after the closure of the repository. The implementation of the project will contribute to the integration of the new structural unit into the existing local landscape, which will be changed, but its basic type will not change. The grass, wood and shrub vegetation planned for planting will contribute to the restoration of the natural ecosystem. In the course of the development the project consults with specialists - ornithologists, biologists, forest engineers, etc., whose recommendations for environmental management are aimed at the sustainable development of the ecosystem and respectively - biodiversity in the region.
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The procedures for the functioning of the "Day Ahead" union with Greece were presented by the IBEX to the trade participants
The Bulgarian Independent Energy Exchange (IBEX) held a strategic seminar today dedicated to the unification of the Day Ahead market with Greece. The seminar aimed to provide more information about the operation of the market after the start of the merger, as well as to prepare market participants for the upcoming tests, the press service of the BSE said. Given the importance of the union for the electricity market in Bulgaria and its launch in less than a month, the forum was attended by nearly 100 representatives of 82 companies - participants in the segment "Day Ahead" of the Exchange. "We expect the positive effects of reunification with Greece to intensify. The Bulgarian electricity market will become fully integrated with the European and Bulgarian consumers, producers and traders of electricity will be able to take full advantage of the advantages that connectivity brings, namely: automatic access, real-time access to offers - buy and offers - sells to market participants from all EU member states, "said Mr. Konstantin Konstantinov, Executive Director of IBEX. The importance of the forthcoming unification and its benefits for the Bulgarian electricity market were emphasized in her speeches during the opening of the seminar by Marinela Petrova - Deputy Minister of Finance, Zhecho Stankov - Deputy Minister of Energy, Plamen Mladenovski - Director of the Electricity Directorate. Heat and Energy ”in EWRC and Angelin Tsachev - Executive Director of the Electricity System Operator. The leading experts from the IBEX, Nikola Gabrovski and Todor Marinov acquainted the participants with the essence and development of the project for unification of the Day Ahead market with Greece. The specific procedures, including the backup, through which market connectivity will function, were also presented. Participants had the opportunity to discuss the details from all points of view in a separate panel after the presentations. It is expected that through the integration of the border with Greece to reduce market concentration, especially supply in Bulgaria, which in turn will increase competition and prevent doubts about the exercise of market power in calculating prices. Bulgaria's accession to the single European market "Day Ahead" is scheduled for May 11, 2021 (with the first day of delivery May 12) with positive confirmation after completion of all tests and the relevant approvals by the Bulgarian and Greek regulators. From the very beginning of real stock trading in Bulgaria in 2016, IBEX is a full member of the union of all European stock exchanges - MRC (Multi Regional Coupling), now called SDAC (Single Day Ahead Coupling), as well as SIDC (Single Intraday Coupling). Transmission operators are also important participants in these organizations. ESO is also among the members. Participation in these mergers enables stock exchange operators, on the one hand, to pool the offers registered by electronic trading systems and, on the other hand, for transmission operators to provide data on available levels of cross-border transmission rights, or so-called capacities. At present, the clearing prices and clearing volumes of the IBEX are calculated together with the other exchanges in Europe, but without the data on the capacities in question being provided. The market union provides automatic access to Bulgarian participants to the offers of other market participants throughout Europe. And the specific possibility for this access is determined by the capacity levels, ie. how much energy can be physically transferred from one national system to another.
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16-04-2021
For parliament and energy stalemate [1]
Analysis by Slavcho Neykov, Energy Policy Expert The parliamentary elections have passed, but the uncertainty and unclearness about the development of the energy sector in a number of key areas is deepening in practice. Unfortunately, in the context of major political issues, the topic of energy is unlikely to be a priority in the coming months. And it should - because it is about the energy and economic security of the country. It is also a sector that is directly linked to many social issues and to the generation of huge European funds, the use of which, however, is not guaranteed at all without a clearly structured approach. I have repeatedly asked the media key questions and relevant proposals in this regard, some of which I will point out again. IN SUMMARY - LACK OF A COMPLETE MODERN VISION FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE SECTOR Both the Council of Ministers and the 44th National Assembly ignored basic legal, economic and technological aspects related to the development of our energy sector. Along with the undeniable successes (progress in market development; development of the gas infrastructure; Bulgaria's admission as a member of the Nuclear Energy Agency, etc.), instead of seeing the current energy strategy promised since 2014, we listened to stories per kilo - where for modular nuclear reactors in the meadows, where for an almost bright future of coal, etc. Moreover, Bulgarian citizens have reached a position to learn what the Bulgarian authorities plan in the energy sector not from them, but from the European Commission (reference - Plan for reforms of the Bulgarian energy market from 2021, announced for public discussion by the Commission, but hidden from the public by national institutions). AND SEVERAL SPECIFIC PROPOSALS FOR SHORT-TERM ACTION Against the background of political uncertainty after the elections, reforms in the energy sector are unlikely to be the subject of attention in the 45th National Assembly any time soon. However, without claiming to be exhaustive, I would like to point out a few important steps that politicians should take to start looking for solutions quickly, if possible by consensus: - Adoption of a new and realistic energy strategy or at least a list of key energy priorities; this is an important practical precondition for both receiving and absorbing huge European funds; - It is necessary to clarify what will be the next steps in the short term in the development of the energy market, incl. and with regard to the short-term mechanisms provided for in EU law, the use of which can be delayed; - Facts based on facts about the future of coal and the nuclear projects under discussion cannot be postponed - the time for "third brandy" campaign talk is over. The green deal has been here for a long time and objectively imposes its priorities regardless of the tales of the political gurus, intended primarily for pre-election deception of the electorate; however, a new type of thinking on the subject is needed, which also implies capacity; - The urgent stabilization of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission in terms of staff is more than necessary; - There is a need for professional, objective and frank analysis and relevant legislative steps on the social aspects related to the sector; these are mainly the issues of energy poverty (on the occasion of which Bulgaria was officially criticized by the European Commission in October 2020) and the reorganization of the workforce in connection with the inevitable and already taking place green transformations; however, this should also be related to specifying which activities are for the social and which - for the energy policy of the state; - Protecting the investments made and attracting new ones should be a concrete, not an abstract emphasis - this implies a reassessment of the framework and the attitude towards investors and their role in the transformation to a low-carbon economy, for which they should be helped, not to disturb them; - Effective control over the spending of public resources, regardless of its source, must be restored as a matter of urgency; the billions spent so far should be reported in detail and publicly with the assistance of all control institutions. [1] All opinions expressed are strictly personal.
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15-04-2021
IBEX with a new website - modern vision and current functionalities for users
Bulgarian Independent Energy Exchange (IBEX) with a new website from April 14, 2021. It has a modern vision and added current functionality, tailored to the growing needs of participants in various market segments of IBEX. "The energy exchange is developing exponentially and our new site is designed to meet this speed. Moreover, it provides facilities for consumers in connection with upcoming projects such as market associations with a horizon of the year ahead, "said Konstantin Konstantinov, Executive Director of the IBEX, whose words are quoted in the announcement. Users of the site already see in parallel the data for the market segments "Day ahead" and "Within the day" on the home page. A dynamic table allows traders to filter by segment, status or other selected criteria. Switching between the English and Bulgarian versions is facilitated. News and announcements are organized in an archive by years. Functionalities (in test mode) have been added, related to the upcoming market union of the Day Ahead segment on May 11. Due to the importance of the data and the processes it reflects, as well as due to the easier adaptation of the users, the IBEX specifies that the old site will not continue to be active on the link: http://umm.ibex.bg
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15-04-2021
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Yanilin Pavlov, CEO of Brickel: We kept our promise to the public and this is not a surprise
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15-04-2021
At the beginning of the year, Brickel applied for a new complex permit and, although there are no legal obstacles, he is expected to abandon the recovery of waste. The new fuels in the mix, for which the energy company insists on expanding its mix, are biomass and oil shale, which will lead to a significant improvement in environmental parameters. In the previous year, the executive director, Mr. Pavlov, repeatedly stated this intention to the management. This came after the suggestions of pseudo-environmental organizations, which insisted to the public that although everywhere in Europe waste is perceived as an ecological source of energy, in Bulgaria it is highly polluting. Brickel has repeatedly and unequivocally stated his intention to reform and become part of the European green production plan, and the first steps are already a fact. To the surprise of the cabinet ecologists, this change cannot happen in a day or a week, unlike the demonstrations, which they organize with funds from foreign organizations. Brickel is important for the Bulgarian economy for many reasons - starting with jobs, the livelihood it provides to related companies, the energy it produces at peak times for the population and finally with its contribution to Bulgaria's energy independence. It is better to export than to import is the voice of economists and reasonable people. It is better to close everything and then we will think it is not only unreasonable, but also disastrous for the Bulgarian economy and energy security. "Our decision is expected," says Yanilin Pavlov. "Brickel: is the cause of society. And listening to our supporters, we complied with the wishes of the people. I think we are working consensus to save jobs and preserve the energy company. I hope that more and more people understand that a complete change to completely green production will take time, but our path has already been drawn and we have followed it convincingly. Nothing will happen in Brickell without people's knowledge. Our doors are wide open for those who want to make sure that we work according to the rules and for those who have expert potential and want to get involved in change. " People benefit in the first place from the preservation of all Bulgarian energy companies, but let's not forget that they are also an important part of our energy security and balance, Brickel believes. Time has shown that no one has benefited from the destruction of irrigated agriculture, except the neighboring countries, for which we have become a good market. Now is the time for the future of Bulgarian energy and the efforts of people like the Brickel team, and public support will depend on destroying or preserving another major sector of the Bulgarian economy.
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ME and BIM lease properties for the needs of the State Oil Company
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15-04-2021
The State Enterprise "State Oil Company" is provided free of charge for management of properties - public state property. The state provides to DP "DPK" property - public and private state property, determined by a decision of the Council of Ministers. The properties are provided for the needs of the management and employees of the state enterprise. They have been granted management rights by the Bulgarian Institute of Metrology (BIM) and the Ministry of Economy, respectively. In July 2020, the Law on Amendments to the Law on State Reserves and Wartime Stocks was promulgated - with §2 of which Chapter Two "a" of the State Enterprise "State Oil Company" was created. These new legal provisions regulate the establishment of a State Enterprise "State Oil Company" with the status of a state enterprise within the meaning of Article 62, paragraph 3 of the Commercial Law, a legal entity with registered office in Sofia.
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1 million cubic meters of earth has already been excavated during the construction of the Radiana site
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The procedures for the functioning of the "Day Ahead" union with Greece were presented by the IBEX to the trade participants
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ME and BIM lease properties for the needs of the State Oil Company
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