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Bulgarian thermal plant signs deal to upgrade units

  Bulgaria’s biggest thermal power plant Maritsa East Two awarded on Friday a €85.6 million ($113.6 million) contract to an Italian-Chinese consortium to carry out environmental upgrades.


Under the deal the consortium of Italy’s engineering company Idreco and China’s Insigma Technology will build desulfurization installations at two units of the 1,450 megawatt coal-fired plant by 2011. The new facilities will reduce air pollution and will allow the two generators of 210MW each to meet the European Union environmental standards.

The project is funded by EU grants, a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Maritsa East Two’s own funds. The consortium won the deal over Alstom Power and Polish Rafako, the Italian arm of engineering firm Alstom. Alstom Power appealed the decision, but was unsuccessful.

In October, the state-owned plant completed long-delayed sulfur cleaning upgrades at two of its eight units to avoid possible shutdown of the ageing generators. Two other generators at the plant have already been modernized, and Japan’s Mitsui is upgrading two more to meet EU environmental standards and extend their operational life in deal of around €230 million ($305.1 million). Maritsa East Two produces about 17% of the Balkan country’s electricity. (Reuters)