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27.10.2017 12:24
Coal power plants want the deadline for application for derogation extended from 6 to 12 months
Minister Petkova submitted a report in the NA on the actions undertaken in relation to the reference document for LCP

  • Companies from the Maritsa East Basin have requested that MOEW extends the deadline for submitting of a request for a derogation until 16 August 2018.
    © TPP Martisa East 2

The 6-month period for submitting requests for a derogation from the operators of large combustion plants (LCPs) in Bulgaria is inadequate and they offer that it is extended to one year. This is written in the report of Minister of Energy Temenuzhka Petkova to the National Assembly (NA) regarding the measure taken by the government in relation to the adopted reference document on large combustion plants, the Ministry of Energy announced. During a late June debate the Parliament ordered the Minister of Energy to submit the report until 31 October 2017.

The power plants which can apply for a derogation are 9 – TPP “Maritsa East 2” EAD, TPP “AES-3C MARITZA EAST I” EOOD, TPP “ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3” AD, TPP “Brikel” EAD, TPP “Bobov Dol” EAD, “Heating Plant Pernik” EAD, “Heating Plant Sliven” EAD, and “Heating Plant Ruse” EAD. Companies from the Maritza East Basin have requested that MOEW extends the deadline for submitting of a request for a derogation from 6 to 12 months.

On 28 April 2017, the European Commission adopted BAT (Best Available Techniques) conclusions for LCPs pursuant to Directive 2010/75/EU regarding industrial emissions. The reference document came into power from 17 August 2017 – the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. It applies immediately for new production capacities and it will apply for existing ones after four years. The adopted document introduces new, stricter values of emission levels for sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury and others, which are generated by the installations burning coal. Besides the companies located in the Maritsa East Basin other energy companies in the territory of the country will be affected, including factory and heating plants with installed treatment facilities which supply heat in addition to electricity production. Bulgarian plants will be able to apply for the so-called derogation from the Directive, which will allow them to comply with previously authorized limits for a longer period of time. The exception can be made when the assessment for the particular installation shows that reaching new emission levels would lead to costs disproportionately higher than environmental benefits.

In accordance with the legal provisions the deadline for submitting applications for a change of combined permits for LCPs to the Executive Environment Agency with the Ministry of Environment and Water is six months from the publishing date of the reference document in the Official Journal of the EU. One of the reasons for the deadline extension request is the inclusion of measuring mercury levels in the atmosphere for the first time, which requires continuous research carried out by licensed laboratories. A second reason is the insufficient time for the preparation of a comparison between costs and environmental benefits. Extending the period by six months – until 16 August 2018 – is a necessary prerequisite for a more complete and precise documentation to be prepared by the LCPs’ operators.

All actions taken regarding the government’s policy for protection of Bulgarian thermal power plants until now are described In Minister Petkova’s report to the elected representatives. We remind that at the end of July a coordination entity was created within the Ministry of Energy whose task it support LCPs’ operators in applying for a derogation. The entity has held a number of meetings with all stakeholders resulting in a joint approach towards resolving the case. For that purpose ongoing information about actions undertaken for receiving a derogation by each plant is required.

LCPs are fundamental to the energy security of the country and the Ministry of Energy will work towards derogations for TPPs together with relevant institutions, parliamentary parties, Bulgarian MEPs, unions and employers’ organisations.

TAGS: large combustion plants | TPP | coal | plants | derogation | request | report | Temenuzhka Petkova | MOEW | EC | best available techniques 

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