Maritsa 3 power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Maritsa 3 power station was a 120-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Haskovo, Bulgaria.

The power station is different from Maritsa Iztok-3 Power Station, also known as Maritsa East.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Dimitrovgrad.

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The power station consists of a 120 MW unit 3 that began operating in 1971. Units 1-2 of 25 MW each set up in 1951 to 1954 have been retired.[1]

In April 2022, the plant was forcefully decommissioned following a series of violations of the Environmental Protection Act.[2]

In September 2022, the plant remained closed due to pollution emissions. Earlier in the year, Bulgaria was charged with systemically exceeding permitted emission levels between 2007 and 2018. Should violations continue, all nearby coal plants could be forced to shut down.[3]

CCS project

From 2010-2012 Marista 3 was being considered by Toshiba Corporation to capture around 2.5 million tonnes per annum of CO2 for storage in an onshore deep saline formation. Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation was sponsoring the project’s feasibility study, with funding supplied by the Spanish Fund for Sustainable Development through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The plant was scheduled to be fully operational by 2020, but plans were dropped and the project is currently not being pursued.[4]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: TEC Maritsa 3 AD
  • Parent company: Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania (NEK)
  • Developer:
  • Location: Dimitrovgrad, Haskovo, Bulgaria
  • Coordinates: 42.051942, 25.623344 (exact)
  • Status: Mothballed
  • Capacity: 120 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start date: 1971
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Maritza East Mines
  • Source of financing:

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