Bulgaria, TPP Maritsa East 3 back online after maintenance

, SEE Energy News

ContourGlobal announced that its coal-fired thermal power plant Maritsa East 3 has been put into operation following the completion of the scheduled annual overhaul, which started in June.

The statement from the company said that all four units of 908 MW power plant have been overhauled, with the facility now ready for the upcoming heating season.

TPP Maritsa East 3 generated almost 12.3 % of electricity produced in Bulgaria in the first half of 2022. The electricity produced by the plant was enough to cover the needs of 1.3 million Bulgarian households in the first half of the year, or roughly half of the country.

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. The plant produced 11 % of Bulgaria’s electricity in 2020 (4.55 TWh).

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