Hydroelectric Power Plants in Bulgaria
Dzherman
Location: Kyustendil
Operator: EDF Energies Nouvelles
Configuration: 1 X 3 MW Pelton
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: VAP Hydro, Elprom ZEM
Quick facts: Dzherman was formally opened on 18 Dec 2010. EDF invested EUR 4.16 M in the plant, which is expected to producing about 10.5 GWh/yr. Dzherman is part of the Iskar cascade also including Pasarel HPP and Kokalyane HPP. Part of the new facility will also provide potable water to Sapareva Banya municipality.

Photograph courtesy of novinite.com
Posted 15 Jan 2011

Koprinka Dam
Location: Stara Zagora
Operator: Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania (NEK)
Configuration: 1 X 7 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1947
T/G supplier: CKD
Quick facts: Koprinka is on the Tundzha River which is fed by runoff from the Stara Planina and Sredna Gora mountains. The multiuse Koprinka schem include one dam, two reservoirs and two hydro plants.

Photograph courtesy of Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania
Posted 21 Sep 2008

Sestrimo
Location: Pazardzhik
Operator: Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania (NEK)
Configuration: 2 X 120 MW Francis
Operation: 1972
T/G supplier: CKD, Skoda
Quick facts: Sestrimo is on the Kriva River in the Rila mountains. It is part of Bulgaria's largest hydropower complex.

Photograph courtesy of Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania
Posted 21 Sep 2008

Studen Kladenets
Location: Kardjali
Operator: Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania (NEK)
Configuration: 4 X 15 MW, 1 X 16 MW 1 X 1.3 MW Francis
Operation: 1956-2009
T/G supplier: VA TECH, UETM, Elprom
Quick facts: This is the second stage of the Arda cascade. The concrete gravity dam is 67.5m tall with a crest length of 338m. Initial plans date to 1948 and construction began in 1955. In 2009, NEK completed an extension of Studen Kladenets HPP with two new turbines, a 16-MW Francis set with a VA TECH turbine and Elprom generator and a 1.3-MW Francis turbine from Gugler. Risk Engineering was project engineer.

Photograph courtesy of Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania
Posted 4 Jun 2014

Teshel
Location: Smolyan
Operator: Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania (NEK)
Configuration: 2 X 30 MW Francis
Operation: 1971
T/G supplier: Vaptsarov, Elin
Quick facts: In Sep 2005, VA TECH Hydro completed an extensive plant modernization including two turbine runners and governors and new automation and control equipment. The plant is part of the upper Dospat-Vacha Cascade Project in the Rhodope mountains in Southern Bulgaria. Construction on the cascade started in 1958.

Photograph courtesy of VA TECH
Posted 20 Oct 2005

Tsankov Kamak
Location: Smolyan
Operator: Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania (NEK)
Configuration: 2 X 40 MW Francis
Operation: 2013
T/G supplier: VA TECH
EPC: Verbund, Alpine Bau, Poyry, Energoproekt Hydropower,
Quick facts: In Nov 2003, contracts were signed with an Austrian consortium of VA TECH Verbundplan, and Alpine Mayreder for the Tsankov Kamak plant, the largest greenfield hydro project in Bulgaria. The site is on the Vacha River in Devin municipality, 250km southeast of Sofia. The €220mn scheme has a 125m double curvature cupola-arch dam with a 688m crest length and a 540m underground pressure pipeline. Financial agreements for the project were signed during 2003 and groundbreaking on the tunnel works was in Apr 2006. Expected electricity output is 185 GWh/yr. Austria will buy CO2 emission reductions of about 228,000t under the terms of a 2003 inter-governmental agreement. Concreate and asphalt batching plants were both built for the project. Export credits were guaranteed by Oesterreichische Kontrolbank AG, while commercial credits were provided by VA TECH Finance, Bank Austria Creditanstalt, BNP Paribas Fortis, Raiffeisen Zentralbank, Société Générale, and CS First Boston. The final usage permit was acquired in Feb 2013.

Photograph by Milenmk (Wikipedia)
Posted 18 Sep 2011

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 11-Jun-2014

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