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ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP invested over BGN 2 million in a power transformer to guarantee secure electricity supply

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ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP invested over BGN 2 million in a power transformer to guarantee secure electricity supply Photo: ContourGlobal

The facility will provide reliable production and electricity transmission to household consumers and businesses

ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP invested over BGN 2 million in purchasing a new power transformer - a strategic spare part for the power plant. The facility’s major purpose is to increase the voltage of the electricity produced by the turbine and the generator to levels that are necessary to ensure the electricity transmission along the power lines and deliver at low losses to the households and businesses. This ensures a safe and reliable transmission of electricity to the consumers – which is vital during the winter season, when consumption peaks, the company explained. The transformer is manufactured entirely in Bulgaria by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Bulgaria. The facility, which weighs over 250 tons, covered in full safety as an oversized cargo the long way from Sofia to Mednikarovo, and is currently ready for commissioning.

ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP is among the modern energy capacities on the Balkans and is of high importance for the security of the Bulgarian electricity system. The new power transformer is a step towards the power plant’s even more reliable operation. In the conditions of a global pandemic, we are successfully working on shortening our supply chain and once more we have chosen a Bulgarian manufacturer with long traditions, explained Alexander Zhelev, Chief Engineer of the power plant.

TPP ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 is among the few plants in the Bulgarian electricity system that can switch their operation mode from minimum to maximum capacity repeatedly during the day. This flexibility is crucial for ensuring the sustainability of the energy system. In 2020, the power plant provided nearly 11% of the total electricity produced in the country. This electricity is enough to cover the average annual needs of about 1 million Bulgarian households.

ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 owns and operates the first lignite-fired thermal power plant in Southeast Europe, which operates in full compliance with the highest European standards for occupational safety and environmental protection. More than
BGN 1.4 billion have been invested in ensuring the power plant’s reliable, and in environmental protection measures. Shareholders are the international energy company ContourGlobal (73%) and the National Electricity Company (27%)

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