SOFIA (Bulgaria), March 27 (SeeNews) – Bulgaria is expected to add 647 MW of power generation capacity by 2027, with gross availability to increase up to 49,400 GWh, the country's Electricity System Operator (ESO) forecast in a ten-year plan for the development of the country's electricity transmission network.
The document, published on ESO's website last week, estimates that 1.3 billion levs ($824.1 million/664.6 million euro) need to be invested in the country's power transmission network in the period 2018-2027, out of which 149 million levs will come from EU funds.
Power plants running on renewable energy sources will account for 401 MW of the planned new generation capacities. According to ESO, wind farms will contribute 141 MW of new capacity, photovoltaic plants will add 161 MW, while biomass plants will contribute 64 MW to the overall capacity. Hydro power stations will add 35 MW.
A total of 146 MW of thermal power plant capacity is expected to be added in the period 2018-2027.
Once completed, the projects for extending the life span of the two 1,000-megawatt units of Kozloduy nuclear power plant will increase the combined generation capacity of the units by 100 MW by end-2021.
Bulgaria's maximum gross electricity consumption is projected at 40,510 GWh per year by 2027. The minimum level of gross electricity consumption is forecast at 37,960 GWh by 2027.
(1 euro = 1.95583 levs)
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