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17.10.2014 14:11
Bulgaria’s Varna TPP Might Work in 2015 in Case of Gas Supply Crisis

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Varna TPP, due to be closed down for environmental reasons, might have to continue operation beyond December 2014, if a gas supply crisis emerges. According to a report by the European Commission, gas stress tests identified Bulgaria, among others, as one of the EU countries which would suffer the most , if Russia decided to halt gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine. ENTSOG studied impact models based on a 6-month supply cut.

Regarding Bulgaria, the Commission pointed out that the country’s only alternative to Russia gas delivered through a sole pipeline through Romania, is using limited quantities (3 mcm per day) from Greece. The EC suggested Bulgaria should make efforts to negotiate these 3 mcm/day in exchange for its equivalent in electricity produced, thus helping to keep both sectors stable in the two member states.

Since Bulgaria insisted that Varna TPP would be needed to start this exchange, the EC said granting such temporary derogations may have far-reaching implications in clashing environmental and energy legislation. Nevertheless, as a last resort the Commission will consider granting a temporary exemption to alleviate a possible supply crisis.

The power plant is operated by the Bulgarian sunsidiary of Czech power company CEZ.

TAGS: Bulgaria | energy security | security of supply | gas | stress test | Europe | EU | Ukraine Russia | Varna TPP | thermal station | Varna | CEZ 

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