Maritsa Iztok-4 Power Station
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Maritsa Iztok Complex (Iztok means East in Bulgarian) is the largest energy complex in South Eastern Europe. It consist of the Maritsa Iztok-1 power station, Maritsa Iztok-2 power station, and Maritsa Iztok-3 power station in Bulgaria.
Maritsa Iztok-4 was proposed in 2007 but plans appear to have been abandoned.
The map below shows Maritsa Iztok-3 of the Maritsa Iztok Complex in Stara Zagora Province.
Background on Maritsa Iztok Complex
The power complex is located in Stara Zagora Province, south-central Bulgaria. It consists of three lignite-fired thermal power stations. It is located in a large lignite coal basin, which includes several mines, enrichment plants, a briquette plant and its own railway system.
The development of the thermal power and mining complex at Maritsa Iztok began in 1952, but the lignite deposits used to be known well in the mid 19 century. The Maritsa Iztok mines and power plants are interdependent as the only market for coal is the power plants, while the power plants have no other supplier of coal but the mines.
The construction of a new 600 MW power station at the Maritsa Iztok Complex is proposed by the German utility RWE: Maritsa Iztok-4. RWE and the Maritsa Iztok mining complex signed an agreement on setting up a joint company that will apply for construction of the power station. RWE expects the investment to be €900 million to €1 billion, and the power station to be ready by 2013.
There has been no news or progress on the project since 2007, and it appears to have been cancelled.
Project Details of Maritsa Iztok-4
- Sponsor: RWE
- Parent company:
- Location: Galabovo, Bulgaria
- Coordinates: 42.1444, 26.0033 (exact)
- Status: Cancelled
- Capacity: 600 MW
- Start date:
- Coal Type: Lignite
- Coal Source:
- Source of financing:
Resources and articles
- Sia Velinova, "Bulgaria Maritsa Iztok Picks Favourite", SeeNews, June 8, 2007.