Bulgaria, Maritsa East 3 has completed a 5 million euros upgrade of the desulfurization installations

, SEE Energy News

Bulgarian coal-fired thermal power plant Maritsa East 3, owned and operated by US company ContourGlobal, announced that it has completed a 5 million euros upgrade of the desulfurization installations at its four units during the regular maintenance period.

The statement from the company said that, following the completion of the investment project which was launched in June, the plant meets the latest EU requirements for desulfurization in electricity generation, adding that ContourGlobal invested over 700 million euros in safety and environmental protection so far.

ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 owns and operates the first lignite coal-fired thermal power plant in southeastern Europe, which operates in full compliance with the highest European standards for occupational safety and environmental protection. The 908 MW plant generates about 10 % of the electricity in Bulgaria, using local energy sources and thus contributes to guaranteeing the energy security and independence of the country. Since the beginning of 2021, the plant produced about 10 % of Bulgaria’s electricity.

The shareholders are ContourGlobal with 73 % stake and the National Electricity Company (NEK) with 27 % stake.