“ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3” TPP Has Produced Nearly 10% of the Country’s Electricity in the First Three Months of 2023

“ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3” TPP has provided nearly 10% of the electricity produced in the country in the first three months of 2023. This amount is enough to cover the average consumption for the period of close to 1,200,000 Bulgarian households or about 40% of their number in total. In addition to having an important role in ensuring energy supplies, “ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3” TPP is also one of the modernized capacities in our country that meet the European environmental standards to the highest degree.

Over the past 20 years, nearly BGN 1.5 billion have been invested in the power plant to extend the life of the units, in greening and ensuring reliable operation. During the period, a number of projects have been implemented to ensure the fulfillment of increasingly strict European requirements for environmental protection. As a result, 97% effective purification of sulfur dioxide flue gases was achieved and 99.96% of dust emissions were captured. The use of fresh water is cut in half, and 100% of the waste water generated is being treated. A buffer lake of 30,000 cubic meters was also built for water reuse.

“We understand the ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP’s important for the country’s energy security and independence, and we are constantly working on modernizing and maintaining high operational standards. As a result, the power plant works reliably and meets the European requirements for environmental protection and safety. This allows us to provide safe, affordable and sustainable energy for businesses and households, while at the same time supporting the economic development of the country,” said Alexander Zhelev, chief engineer at ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP.

ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP has been certified for years according to two international standards – ISO 14001:2015, related to environmental protection, and ISO 45001:2018 (OHSAS), which concerns health and safe working conditions. In September 2022, it passed successfully an external audit by the international certification organization SGS, which proved once again that the power plant meets the strict requirements of the two standards.

ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP owns and operates the second largest thermal power plant in Bulgaria with an installed capacity of 908 MW. It is of key importance for the energy sector as it contributes to the country’s energy security and independence and ensures the regulation of the electricity system. Nearly BGN 1.5 billion has been invested to ensure the power plant’s reliable operation, in measures to protect the environment and in work safety. The shareholders are the international energy company ContourGlobal (73%) and the National Electric Company (27%).