Bobov Dol Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Bobov Dol Thermal Power Plant is a 630-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in western Bulgaria. In 2021 plans were announced to convert the plant to run on natural gas and hydrogen.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in the village Golemo Selo near the town of Bobov Dol, Kyustendil Province.

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The plant is located near the Bobov Dol coal mines. It consists of 3 x 210 MW units, built from 1973-1975. Unit-2 was deactivated at the end of 2007, but restarted in early 2009 following the Russian-Ukraine gas dispute. All three units have been de-rated to 180 MW.[1]

Sale and proposed new units

The National Electric Company put the power plant up for sale in 2008. Nicephorus Vangelov, owner of Bulagria's Energia MK AD, acquired the power plant for the price of BGN 100M, and proposed to add 2 new turbines of 200 MW each to the 3 existing ones, for a total capacity of 1,030 MW.[2]

However, there has been no news of the proposed units since 2008, and the planned units appear to have been cancelled.

Gas Units

In 2021 the company announced it would convert the plant to run on natural gas and hydrogen by 2025.[3] This includes the commissioning of a new 180 MW gas-fired combined cycle turbine that is capable of burning up to 50% hydrogen as part of its mix of fuels.[4]

Project Details for units 4 and 5

  • Sponsor: Energia MK
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Golemo Selo, Bulgaria
  • Coordinates: 42.285818, 23.03283 (exact)
  • Gross generating capacity (pre-construction):
    • Unit 6: Gas- and hydrogen-fired[4] combined-cycle[4] (start-up in 2025)[3]
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 630 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired, 210 MW (start-up 1973-1975)
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired, 210 MW (start-up 1973-1975)
    • Unit 3: Coal-fired, 210 MW (start-up 1973-1975)
  • Gross generating capacity (cancelled): 400 MW
    • Unit 4: Coal-fired, 200 MW
    • Unit 5: Coal-fired, 200 MW
  • Coal Type: Hard coal
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  1. "Coal- and Lignite-Fired Plants in Bulgaria," Industcards, accessed March 2016
  2. "Nikifor Vangelov plans to build two new turbines in Bobov Dol," Darik News, June 4, 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Two Bulgarian coal power plants to be converted to natural gas, hydrogen, Balkan Green Energy News, Jun 4, 2021
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Kokalova, Antonia (Mar 17th, 2022). "Bulgarias Bobov Dol Coal Fired Power Plant to Build Gas Link by End of 2022". SeeNews. Retrieved Jun 1st, 2022. Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)

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