Bulgarian state-owned electricity grid operator ESO has invited expressions of interest for the upgrade of the systems for monitoring, control and dispatching of the country's National Dispatch Centre, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Tuesday.
ESO plans to award five contracts under the project, which aims to improve reliability of management and control of the power system, thus increasing the security of electrical energy supply, the EBRD said in a notice on its website.
The works will be financed by grant funds provided by the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund (KIDSF), administered by EBRD and set up with EU funds to support projects related to the decommissioning of four nuclear reactors at Kozloduy NPP as well as to supports projects for restructuring and upgrades in Bulgaria's energy sector.
Companies from EU member states, Switzerland and the EBRD’s countries of operation can submit interests of expression by June 20.
In March, EBRD said ESO would launch six tenders for the extension and modernization of the energy management system and data environment at its national dispatch centre, estimated at 8.35 million euro ($11.4 million). It also said at the time that the project would be 50%-financed under KIDSF and 50%-funded by ESO’s own financial sources.