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Commenting article: CEZ Shocked, Outraged by Growth of Cable Thefts in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's Czech-owned power utility CEZ has announced that the damages the company suffered from thefts of cables from its network almost doubled in 2010 compared to 2009.

CEZ, which is the electricity distributor in Western Bulgaria, including Sofia, said in a statement Sunday the worth of the direct losses from cable theft grew by 96% in 2010 compared to 2009. The combined effect of the damages incurred to company during cable theft grew by 184% in 2010 year-on-year.

In 2010, CEZ had to replace 90 km of stolen power lines, three times more than in 2008. This cost the company direct losses worth BGN 5.8 M, and indirect losses totaling BGN 4.3 M, bringing the total losses to over BGN 10 M.

Philippe - 30 Jan 2011 // 17:59:48

This is the risk of doing business in a country where the authorities their selves are involved in organised crime.

Buddy - 30 Jan 2011 // 20:13:39

Good evening! You are surprising the world with your unproved announcement... however what to say on the thefts over 20 years,,, By the way Philippe cables :are stolen also in France, and middle Europe. Are authorities there also behind those thefts.... as you imply....

Chushki - 30 Jan 2011 // 20:14:21

Its about time baba nellie and the rest of the gypsy scum committing these crimes were rounded up and punished.

Ivanko - 30 Jan 2011 // 23:01:56

So Philippe, how many copper was stolen from the NMBS last year?
More then total theft in BG?

But off course, Boyko sends his trucks with thieves to Belgium too i guess.
(The inrony is they don't even jail the thieves when then nail them on the spot in Belgium)

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