Bulgaria cannot afford to shut down its largest coal-fired power plant, Maritsa East 2, but will reduce its capacity to a minimum, Prime Minister Stefan Yanev has announced.
The power plant has strategic importance for the Bulgarian energy mix at the moment. In case of problems with the energy system, it ensures the security of the entire system.
“The power plant will operate at minimum capacity. The government’s order will be announced on Monday at the latest,” the prime minister said.
Maritza-Iztok 2 has suffered huge losses of hundreds of millions of euros over the past five years due to the need to buy significant carbon allowances.
However, Bulgaria is not ready to give up coal because it cannot provide an alternative for the nearly 100,000 people who are directly and indirectly affected by the country’s energy transition.
“We need to see how to improve the condition of the coal plant and if it is necessary to close it, it must happen with a plan. The workers must be trained for other activities so that there is no tension,” the prime minister said.
(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)