Bulgaria's Power Grid Hits Bottom Load during Easter HolidaysEnergy | May 6, 2013, Monday // 12:35| views
Despite the exceptionally low loads registered by the Electricity System Operator (ESO) recently, the grid hit new record low levels on May 1-6. Photo by BGNES
After experiencing problems for over a month due to low consumption, Bulgaria's power grid suffered a new blow during the Easter holidays.
Despite the exceptionally low loads registered by the Electricity System Operator (ESO) recently, the grid hit new record low levels on May 1-6.
“The lowest loads since the beginning of the year were registered early on May 5 – just 2000 MW,” ESO announced.
In the early afternoon on the same day the electricity load increased by no more than 200 MW.
The large number of non-working days in a row led to a substantial decline in electricity consumption as many offices and enterprises closed for the Easter holidays.
Apart from that, many Bulgarians spent the holidays abroad.
Fortunately, unit 5 of Bulgaria’s sole nuclear power plant Kolzoduy NPP did not function during the Easter holidays as the capacity was switched off on April 22 for a planned annual overhaul expected to last around one month.
The temporary disconnection of the unit offloaded the network by around 1000 MW.
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