Bulgaria May Resume Electricity Exports Jan 28

Bulgaria May Resume Electricity Exports Jan 28

Bulgaria may resume electricity exports one hour after midnight on January 28, deputy economy minister Delyan Dobrev said.

Maritsa East 2 is the only plant whose coal stockpiles have still not reached the required level, and when that happens, the ministry will have grounds to revoke its order on the halt in power exports, state-run Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) quoted Dobrev as saying.

Power exports can be relaunched as soon as the fuel stockpiles of thermal power plants Brikel, Maritsa East 2, Contour Global Maritsa East 3 and AES - 3C Maritsa East 1 return to the levels required by the relevant legislation, the economy ministry said last week. 

Bulgaria will not be penalized for the halt in exports, since the strike in Maritsa East is considered a force majeure event, Dobrev added.

Bulgaria halted electricity exports a week ago due to a miners' strike in the country's largest coal mining complex Maritsa East. Two days later the strike was called off.

Bulgaria exports electricity to all of its neighbours, including Greece.

Dobrev said that damages and lost profit from the miners' strike add up to no less than 20 million levs ($13.4 million/10.2 million euro).

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