Bulgaria and Turkey sign energy agreement

Mar 25, 1997 01:00 AM

Mar. 5, 1997 Bulgaria and Turkey have signed a five-year agreement aimed at boosting co-operation in the energy field, the chairman of Bulgaria's National Electricity Company (NEC) said during a recent visit to Turkey.
Kozma Kuzmanov, who headed the Bulgarian delegation to Turkey, said the agreement signed by the NEC and the Turkish Electricity Generation and Transmission Company, envisaged increasing Bulgarian electricity supplies to Turkey. Bulgaria now exports 300-400 MW of electricity per month to neighbouring Turkey and its monthly income from these exports is some $ 10 mm, energy officials said.
"Apart from the co-operation agreement, we also signed a protocol under which former schemes for energy supplies from Maritsa East will be renewed," Kuzmanov told, referring to Bulgaria's biggest mining and thermal power complex.
A delegation of the Turkish company, which is struggling to meet the country's growing electricity demand, will visit Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant and the site of asecond nuclear plant at Belene in the beginning of April. Bulgaria, which relies on nuclear power for more than 40 % of its energy needs, may complete its Belene plant, where work on its construction was stopped in 1990 due to a shortage of cash and environmentalists' protests. The foundations of the plant have been built up and a 1,000 MW Soviet-designed reactor is on site. Some $ 1 bn has been invested there.

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