5 Hydropower Plants to Be Built on Maritsa River in Bulgaria

Energy | May 31, 2012, Thursday // 17:13|  views

Five hydropower plants are to be built in four years on the Maritsa river in Bulgaria. Photo by dariknews.bg

Five hydropower plants (HPP) are to be built in four years' time in the lower parts of the riverbed of the Maritsa river between the southern Bulgarian towns of Parvomai and Lyubimets, Haskovo district.

The investment amounts to EUR 115 M and the first HPP is to be launched in a year and a half, according to Viktor Sokachev, press secretary of PVB Bulgaria, which starts work on the implementation of the project.

The plants will be equipped with the so-called pulp turbines, which will be used for the first time in Bulgaria and in Europe, according to reports of business news portal investor.bg.

As regards environmentalists' concerns about the negative impact of run-of-river hydropower plants on the water, Sokachev says that samples are being taken on a daily basis to determine water quality.

Energy efficiency will feature prominently on the agenda of the forthcoming International Economic Forum Maritsa, scheduled to take place on June 6 – 7 in the southern city of Plovdiv.

The event is returning after a 3-year break for its fifth edition in 2012.

The forum is organized by the Bulgaria Economic Forum and is expected to bring tgether around 250 participants, including James Hudson, Daniel Berg and Stefka Slavova, Members of the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The forum will revolve around key topics like local policies for the development of the region related to the construction of industrial zones, tourism and municipal investment programs.

There will also be discussions on the situation of key sectors of the economy like the food industry, metallurgy and metal processing, energy efficiency, the construction of hydropower plants, etc, according to Georgi Tabakov, Chair of the Bulgaria Economic Forum.

In the course of the 2012 edition of the event, the Investor of the Year awards of the Plovdiv municipality will be bestowed.

The nominees have been selected among a total of 30 000 companies operating in the region by the Territorial Office of Statistics in Plovdiv on the basis of objective criteria, according to Georgi Angelov, Chair of the Plovdiv-based unit.

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Tags: hydro-power plant, Maritsa, Plovdiv, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD


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