Italy's Enel Completes Modernization of Bulgaria Maritza Iztok Power Plant
The Italian energy company Enel is done with the modernization of Unit 4 of the Bulgarian power plant "Maritza Iztok" ("East") 3 a month ahead of schedule, the Pari Daily reported.
The completed modernization marks the end of the biggest energy investment project in Southeast Europe for more than EUR 700 M.
The thermal power plant Enel Maritza Iztok 3 is the only one powered by lignite coal, and is still observing the European environmental legislation, the power plant CEO, John Clark, explained.
The sulfur-purification facilities, which all four units of the power plant are equipped with, allow sulfur dioxide emissions to be purified by 94%.
The modernization project began back in 2003, when the power plant was producing 840 MW of electricity. After the reconstruction it is capable of producing 908 MW of electricity.
"The increased capacity of the Enel Maritza Iztok 3 will secure the electricity needs of Bulgaria and will contribute to the stability of Bulgaria's future development", Clark explained.
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