Bulgaria largest power exporter to Kosovo

Feb 20, 2008 01:00 AM

Bulgaria is the largest electricity exporter to breakaway province Kosovo through the power lines of Serbian national operator EPS. Kosovo is said to import two-thirds of the electricity needed from Bulgaria as Prishtina buys the power from major energy traders operating on the Balkans.
Experts claim Serbia is not considering cutting Kosovo's power, as an eventual shut-off of the Nis-Kosovo line would cause electricity collapse in the whole region, leaving Macedonia and Greece in the dark.

Five days worth of electricity imports would cost the tax-payers of the newly born country about EUR 2 mm.
Kosovo Energy Corporation (KEK) said that they will not be able to guarantee round-the-clock supply of electricity, as reserves including output and import totalled 880 MW, while consumers require 1,050 MW an hour. Despite warnings of electricity shortage in Bulgaria provoked by shutting down of two 440 MW units at the Kozloduy nuclear plant and continuing export, Energy Minister Petar Dimitrov said at the end of January that export to neighbouring countries continues with power immediately cut off in cases of shortage.

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