SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 20 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria's lignite-fired power plant Bobov Dol [BUL:TC8A] will start the construction of a connection to the gas grid in August, public radio BNR reported on Monday.
The company expects to receive permission for the link-up from public gas grid operator Bulgartransgaz by around August 20, BNR quoted Bobov Dol power plant chief executive Lyubomir Spasov as saying.
The power plant has allocated land for the project and will be in charge of building the gas distribution station, with Bulgartransgaz to provide the diverting infrastructure, which will connect the 2-kilometre long pipeline to the nearby transit pipeline carrying gas to North Macedonia. The facility will allow the power plant to switch partially to natural gas from coal in energy production.
The project is likely to cost 12 million levs ($6.45 million/6.1 million euro), BNR reported.
In March, BNR quoted Spasov as saying that the gas link should be completed by the end of 2022.
(1 euro = 1.95583 levs)