Unit VI of Kozloduy NPP with renewed operational license

01.10.2019
The sixth unit of Kozloduy NPP will continue to operate safely and steadily for the next 10 years, and after their expiration, in accordance with the law and the state of the nuclear facility, its life can be extended by another 30 years.

Natural gas price for the fourth quarter of 2019

30.09.2019
In its decision of today, the Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission approved the price of natural gas for the fourth quarter of 2019 at 44,85 BGN/MWh

Visit of the Director-General of the NEA to Bulgaria

09.09.2019
Last week, the Director-General of the Nuclear Energy Agency to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, William Magwood IV visited Bulgaria at the invitation of the Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova.

Natural gas price for the third quarter of 2019

28.06.2019
With its decision of June 28th, 2019, the Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) approved the price of natural gas for the third quarter of 2019 at the amount of 44,90 BGN/MWh (excluding excise duty and VAT). It is lower by 0,27 BGN/MWh or 0,60% than the price for the second quarter of 2019.

Two key public procurement procedures for the Gas Interconnection Greece-Bulgaria have been finalized

14.05.2019
The company ICGB AD that implements Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria project successfully finalized two more public procurement procedures.

Natural gas prices for the second quarter of 2019

29.03.2019
With its decision of March 28th, 2019, the Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) approved the price of natural gas for the second quarter of 2019 at the amount of BGN 45,17 per MWh (excluding excise duty and VAT).

The TIBEI Consortium will take over the control and realization of the IGB interconnector

18.03.2019
The ICGB project company has successfully completed the public procurement procedure for the selection of Owner’s engineer for the construction of the Greece - Bulgaria natural gas interconnector. Following an open procedure, the commission assigned by the contracting authority selected the “TIBEI” consortium as a contractor.

Bulgargaz announces a procedure for the purchase of natural gas for the second quarter of 2019

18.03.2019
Bulgargaz EAD has announced a tender for delivery of about 144 million cubic meters of natural gas from April to June 2019, intended to be stored in the Chiren Underground Gas Storage Facility.

The IGB’s Network Code is ready

22.02.2019
ICGB AD has submitted to the regulators of Bulgaria and Greece the Network Code for the IGB gas pipeline, thus finalizing successfully the next step of the process towards the certification as an independent transmission system operator.

Start of the establishment of a liquid natural gas market in Bulgaria

18.01.2019
In fulfilment of the decision approved by the Council of Ministers and the National Assembly amending the 2020 Energy Strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria and having regard to the realization of the concept for establishment of a gas distribution hub on the territory of Bulgaria, Bulgartransgaz EAD registered a subsidiary, Balkan Gas Hub ЕAD

Natural gas price for the first quarter of 2019

07.01.2019
With its decision of December 28, 2018, the Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission approved the price of natural gas for the first quarter of 2019 at the amount of BGN 44,80 per MWh (excluding excise duty and VAT).

Bulgartransgaz and CEGH signed MoU for the development of the Balkan Gas Hub

20.12.2018
With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the development of the Balkan gas hub, the Bulgarian gas transmission operator Bulgartransgaz EAD and the Austrian Central European Gas Hub (CEGH) undertook to cooperate and support the development of the gas distribution center on the territory of our country through exchange of know-how and good practices with regard to its construction, as well as information on EU legal and regulatory issues.

The capital of the Bulgarian Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil peline project company increases by BGN 120 thousand

12.12.2018
At its today’s session, the Council of Ministers decided that the capital of the “Burgas-Alexandroupolis Project Company – BG” will be increased by BGN 120,000 through the issuance of 1200 new shares. The shares will be acquired by the state through the budget of the Ministry of Energy.

Start of the construction of the Dobrudzha-Burgas power line

23.11.2018
The Bulgarian Electricity System Operator EAD started the construction of a new 86-kilometer power line between Varna and Burgas substations (Dobrudzha-Burgas). The construction of the power line is expected to improve the security of South East Europe's electricity transmission system. At the same time, the security of the interconnections between Bulgaria and Romania will be ensured.

Development of a set of measures for stabilization of TPP "Maritza East 2" EAD

21.11.2018
A working group, formed by the Bulgarian Energy Minister, emcompassing experts from the Ministry of Energy, companies from the group of the Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD and the Sustainable Energy Development Agency, analyzed the financial and economic situation of TPP Maritsa East 2 EAD and developed proposals to stabilize the company

The energy Regulators of Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia discussed specific issues for deepening bilateral cooperation

06.11.2018
The Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) and the Energy Regulatory Commission of the Republic of Macedonia have the will to develop and deepen bilateral cooperation on all topics of mutual interest in the field of electricity, natural gas and water services.

The Council of Ministers approved the update of the Energy Strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria until 2020

01.11.2018
The proposal for amendment of the document was made by the Minister for Energy on the grounds of Art. 4, paragraph 2, item 1 of the Energy Act. The main motif is the implementation of key activities for the development of the gas transmission infrastructure in the Republic of Bulgaria

Lower settlement fee for the segment Centralized market for bilateral contracts from 1st November 2018

19.10.2018
The Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange has announced a reduction of the settlement fee for the market segment CMBC from 0,03 BGN/MWh to 0,01 BGN/MWh as of November 1st.

Prices of heat and electricity from high-efficiency cogeneration from 1st October

01.10.2018
The Bulgarian Regulator has published the new prices of energy generated in high-efficiency cogeneration power plants in connection with the change in gas prices from October 1st, 2018.

New Advisory Forum of Balkan regulators

01.10.2018
A new Advisory Forum was established of the National Regulatory Authorities of Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro at the meeting held on 29 September in Thessaloniki. The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission of the Republic of Bulgaria, which initiated the Forum’s creation, was elected as its President during the first year of operation.

The price of natural gas rises by almost 14% in the fourth quarter of 2018

28.09.2018
The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission has approved the prices at which Bulgargas EAD will sell natural gas to the end supplier and customers connected to the gas transmission network during the last quarter of 2018, which is 13,89% higher than the current price.

An amendment in the Energy Act allows the Regulator to express opinions on deals for acquisition of assets by energy companies

21.09.2018
This was decided at the second discussion of the amendments to the Energy Act, with the specific proposed text being: “The Commission shall express opinions following the authorization or approval by other state bodies competent to deal with the transactions”.

IBEX and ESO joined a project on interconnecting of Intraday markets

14.09.2018
The Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange (IBEX) and the Electricity System Operator (ESO) have become partners in the Local implementation project 15 on interconnecting the Intraday Markets (IDM).

Bulgaria has reached 60,7% of its energy saving target

12.07.2018
Between 2014 and 2017, 5 056,3 GWh of energy was saved as a result of the implementation of energy saving measures in all sectors of the economy

Decrease in electricity production and consumption

11.07.2018
Electricity generation from wind, solar and biomass plants in Bulgaria dropped by 7,6% since the beginning of the year.

A draft for the amendment of the Renewable Energy Act has been approved

30.05.2018
The Bulgarian Government has approved a draft for the amendment of the Renewable Energy Act

Changes will be introduced in the ordinance on the reduction of the burden associated with the costs for energy, generated from renewable sources

29.05.2018
Experts from the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy and the employers’ organizations will start working on a project for updating the ordinance, which allows companies to use a discount on the component in the electricity price related to renewable energy.

Changes in the National Framework for the Development of the Alternative Fuels Market

09.05.2018
The Council of Ministers has adopted changes in the national policy framework for the development of the alternative fuels market in transport sector and for the deployment of the corresponding infrastructure.

SOCAR intends to invest in the Bulgarian gas distribution network

04.04.2018
The state oil company of Azerbaijan, SOCAR, confirmed its intention to invest in the gas distribution network on the territory of Bulgaria

Price of natural gas for the second quarter of 2018

02.04.2018
The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission has adopted a decision in connection with the application of Bulgargaz EAD for approval of prices for the second quarter of 2018, at which the public supplier sells natural gas to the end suppliers and to the customers connected to the gas transmission network.

ESO drafts changes of the rules for the management of the power system

23.03.2018
The Electricity System Operator drafts changes of the rules for the management of the power system

Contract for preparation of a feasibility study for the Balkan gas hub

15.03.2018
In the presence of the Minister responsible for Energy, Temenuzhka Petkova, Bulgartransgaz EAD and the selected Bulgarian-Swiss Consortium "AF-EMG Consult" signed the contract for preparation of a feasibility study for the Balkan gas hub

Establishment of permanent Forum of the Balkan energy regulators

06.03.2018
The energy regulators of FYROM, Greece, Montenegro and Serbia support the proposal of the Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission to establish a permanent Forum.

Bulgaria will appeal the EC decision on the emission levels of TPPs

11.01.2018
The Council of Ministers has decided to support Poland in it appeal against the European Commission’s decision of 31 July 2017

New rules for the operation of the Centralized Market for Bilateral Contracts

09.01.2018
New rules for the operation of the Centralized Market for Sale/Purchase of Electricity through Bilateral Contracts enter into force today.

Natural gas price for the first quarter of 2018

29.12.2017
By its decision from 28.12.2017, EWRC approved the price at which Bulgargaz EAD would sell natural gas

The Bulgarian Ministry of Energy proposes changes in the Energy Act

07.12.2017
The Ministry of Energy has presented for public discussion changes in the Energy Act.

The Ministry of Energy reports on 8 130 t CO2 emissions saved annually as a result of the “Energy efficiency and renewable energy” Programme

30.11.2017
The Ministry of Energy expressed satisfaction with the results of the first programme period of the “Energy efficiency and renewable energy” Programme

Joint activities of Bulgaria and FYROM in the field of electricity and natural gas

24.11.2017
The governments of Bulgaria and FYROM signed two agreements for cooperation in the energy sector.

Renewed license for the exploitation of the Fifth Unit of Kozloduy NPP

06.11.2017
The new 10-year license for the exploitation of Unit 5 of the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant enters into force today.

The Minister responsible for energy presented the priorities of the Government in the energy sector during the Bulgarian EU Presidency

17.10.2017
The Bulgarian Minister for Energy presented the priorities of the Government during the European Presidency to the employers’ organizations and energy companies.

Bulgarian Stock Exchange to acquire the Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange

12.10.2017
The Bulgarian Stock Exchange (BSE) has applied to the Commission for Protection of Competition for the acquisition of the Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange (IBEX).

Emergency power supply agreement between ESO and Transelectrica

04.10.2017
The transmission system operators of Bulgaria and Romania signed an agreement on emergency power supply, which guarantees the security of the countries’ energy systems in case of accidents.

Meeting of the Bulgarian – Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation

27.09.2017
Bulgaria and the Russian Federation will continue to develop and deepen their cooperation in the energy sector.

New methodology setting out natural gas access and transmission prices as of 1 October 2017

13.09.2017
The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission considers that, as of 1 October, the new rules for the entry and exit tariff model for transmission and capacity of the gas transmission systemл

Public discussion of the updated NEEAP

08.09.2017
The Ministry of Energy has published on its website the draft of the updated National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2014 – 2020.

EWRC's Annual Report to the European Commission for 2016

07.08.2017
The Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission has published on its website the annual national report to the EC for 2016.

New prices of electricity and natural gas

03.07.2017
The Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission approved new prices for the electricity and natural gas since July 1st.

Accelerating the activities for the construction of the gas interconnection between Bulgaria and Greece

24.06.2017
Bulgaria and Greece will work to speed up the completion of the project to build the natural gas interconnector between the two countries. This was confirmed during a meeting of the Bulgarian Minister of Energy, Mrs. Temenuzhka Petkova, and the Greek Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Mr. Yorgos Stathakis.

Proposal for creation of a joint working group between Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia

21.06.2017
The Bulgarian Minister of Energy, Temenuzhka Petkova, proposed to the Macedonian Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, setting up of a joint working group for exploring the opportunities for construction of natural gas interconnector between the two countries.

Roadmap for exploring the opportunities for development of the gas transmission infrastructure

05.06.2017
The perspectives for the development of the cooperation in the field of natural gas were discussed between the Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, Alexey Miller, and the Bulgarian Minister of Energy, Temenuzhka Petkova, on June 3rd, 2017.

Agreement for cooperation between EWRC and the regulators of Greece and Romania

29.05.2017
The Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) and the regulators of Romania and Greece signed a cooperation agreement.

Bulgaria joins the regional initiative for power market integration “Western Balkans 6”

19.05.2017
The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission, the Electricity System Operator and the Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange officially declared their willingness to take active part in the regional initiative for integration of the electricity market “Western Balkans 6”.

EC approved the proposed by Bulgaria allocation of free greenhouse gas allowances for 2016

11.04.2017
The EC Directorate General for Climate actions approved the proposed allocation of free greenhouse gases allowances of Bulgaria for 2016 under the National Investment Plan 2013 – 2020.

The Regulator established the gas price for Q2 of 2017

31.03.2017
The decision of the Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) from April 1, 2017, established the gas price of 363.26 BGN/1000m3 (39.04 BGN/MWh), without excise duty and VAT, for the second quarter of 2017. The price applies to the end suppliers of natural gas and customers connected to the gas transmission network.

Employers' organizations presented their enеrgy priorities

20.03.2017
On Saturday, the four nationally represented employers' organizations - BICA, BIA, BCCI and CEIBG, presented their priorities to Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev.

Actions to reduce restrictions on large combustion plants

21.02.2017
A series of actions to protect the national interest concerning the planned restrictions for the large combustion plants have been taken. This was announced by the Deputy Energy Minister Konstantin Delisivkov, during the discussion on the perspectives of the Bulgarian mining, in the context of the forthcoming changes in the reference document of the Commission on the best available techniques for large combustion plants.

Electricity export from Bulgaria is restored

07.02.2017
By order of the Minister of Energy Nikolay Pavlov, the ban on export of electricity originating in Bulgaria shall be removed. The change will take effect as of 9th February, 2017.

Work on the Bulgarian-Serbian Gas Interconnector Is Accelerated

19.01.2017
Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova and Serbia's Minister of Energy and Mining Aleksandar Antic signed a memorandum of understanding on the project for the construction of the Bulgaria-Serbia gas interconnector.

The Regulator established the natural gas price for Q1 2017

30.12.2016
The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) approved Q1 2017 prices, at which the public supplier sells natural gas to retailers and consumers connected to the gas transmission network.

All buildings will be subject to energy efficiency certification

21.12.2016
The scope of the buildings subject to energy efficiency certification will be expanded - it will include all buildings in operation. This is provided in the amendments to the Energy Efficiency Act, approved by the Parliament today.

Bulgaria – Romania Interconnector Starts Operation on November 11

10.11.2016
Gas transmission operators Bulgartransgaz and Transgaz S.A. have completed the construction of the gas interconnector between Bulgaria and Romania, the Bulgarian energy ministry announced. The interconnector has a total length of 25 km, with 15.4 km on the Bulgarian territory, 7.5 km on the Romanian territory, and 2.1 km underwater traverse of the Danube River. The underwater section, which includes a main and a back-up pipeline, was constructed by Austrian company Habau.

NEK and Atomstroyexport agreed on "Belene" case

26.10.2016
The "National Electric Company" EAD and AO "Atomstroyexport" signed an agreement on the final settlement of relations in accordance with the decision of the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva in case ICC No. 18086 / GZ / MHM.

The Regulator approved natural gas price as of October 1, 2016

01.10.2016
The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission adopted a final decision as a response to "Bulgargaz" EAD application for approval of prices for the fourth quarter of 2016, at which the public supplier sells natural gas to retailers of natural gas and customers connected to the gas network.

Parliament approved state aid for the Russian nuclear reactors

21.09.2016
The Parliament approved state aid, allowing "National Electric Company" EAD (NEK) to pay "Atomstroyexport" for the two reactors for NPP "Belene". Lawmakers approved the submitted by the Council of Ministers Bill to provide assistance for the repayment of NEK liabilities.

Strengthening the Regional Energy Cooperation

09.09.2016
In Budapest, a meeting of the High Level Group for Gas Interconnection Central and Southeastern Europe has been held. The main emphasis during the talks was the strengthening of the regional cooperation of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well as ensuring the security and diversification of gas and power supplies.

4,000 households can apply for funding to EBRD Energy Efficiency programme

02.09.2016
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) continues its credit line for energy efficiency in the residential sector in Bulgaria by providing 20 mln. euros. As part of the programme, 4.4 mln. euros grant are provided by the International Fund "Kozloduy".

EC approved an Ordinance to reduce RES cost burden on businesses

09.08.2016
The European Commission has approved without objection the measures to alleviate the costs of large industrial consumers for green energy.

Public discussion of the Energy Efficiency Act

18.07.2016
The main purpose of the bill is to achieve full transposition of Directive 2012/27/EC and Directive 2010/31/EC into the national legislation.

The Regulator set new energy prices

30.06.2016
At today's meeting, the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) approved new prices for electricity, heat, and natural gas, which will be in effect from 1st July 2016.

Energy projects will apply under "Juncker" investment plan

02.06.2016
Key projects of the Bulgarian energy sector will apply for funding under the plan "Juncker". They include four projects of the Electricity System Operator and projects related to the construction of the gas interconnector Bulgarian-Greece.

Cheaper electricity to 1.1 million Bulgarians

26.05.2016
From 256,000 at present, the new definition will increase the vulnerable consumers of electricity to 500,000 individuals and families, in total 1.1 million persons, which is 14 percent of the Bulgarian population.

Bulgaria to be supplied with natural gas through Greece

17.05.2016
At an official ceremony in Thessaloniki, Greece, the construction of the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline, part of the Southern Gas Corridor, was launched.

BEH EAD arranged the loan to cover obligations of NEK EAD

25.04.2016
The negotiations between BEH and the chosen candidate in the tender procedure for selection of an investment consultant for provision of a bridge loan followed by a bond issue have been completed successfully.

Total E&P Bulgaria Starts Oil and Gas Exploration in Bulgarian Offshore Block

19.04.2016
Total E&P Bulgaria, together with its partners OMV Offshore Bulgaria and Repsol Bulgaria, launched today the exploration drilling in the Bulgarian offshore Block Han Asparuh in the Black Sea.

Modernized compressor station Strandzha and Chiren gas depot

12.04.2016
Today Bulgartransgas entered into operation the third of the four modernized compressor stations. The cost of the reconstruction of CS "Strandzha" is nearly 70 million BGN.

Residents and SMEs can change their electricity supplier

01.04.2016
As of today, the low voltage users - households and small businesses - can change their supplier of electricity. This became possible after the three electricity distribution companies in the country have developed standard load profiles approved by the Regulator.

New prices for gas, heat, and electricity from CHP

31.03.2016
The new gas price is 23.02% lower than the previous quarter. Since the beginning of 2015, there is about 48% price decrease.

Large Bulgarian Energy Investors Established a National Energy Chamber

22.03.2016
Legitimate representation and protection of the interests of the energy companies in Bulgaria are the leading priorities of the newly founded National Energy Chamber (NEC).

Gas Compressor Station "Lozenets" Enters into Operation

04.03.2016
After the start of operation of compressor station "Ihtiman" in October 2015, today "Lozenets" followed. The reconstruction is part of a project, amounting of over 200 million leva, including modernization of four compressor stations - "Strandja", "Petrich", "Lozenets", and "Ihtiman", through integration of low-emission gas turbo compressor aggregates.

Shell will explore "Block 1-14 Silistar" area for oil and natural gas deposits

23.02.2016
Shell Exploration and Production B.V., part of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., will explore "Block 1-14 Silistar" area for oil and natural gas deposits. The block is situated in the exclusive economic zone of Bulgaria's Black Sea.

Completed first project phase of gas interconnection Bulgaria-Serbia

28.12.2015
The total project cost for the Bulgarian part of the connection is 92.6 million BGN, of which Phase 1 "Design", completed by 31st December 2015, amounted to 3.5 million BGN.

Bulgarian Energy Exchange Started Operation in Test Mode

11.12.2015
On December 11, 1074 MWh of TPP "Maritsa Iztok 2" were traded during the demonstration test session of the Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange (IBEX).

Suspension of the preferential prices for electricity from biomass

04.12.2015
The National Assembly decided that the electricity produced from biomass will not be purchased at preferential prices, starting from 01.01.2016.

Shell to explore for oil and natural gas in Bulgaria’s Block 1-14 Silistar

13.10.2015
Shell Exploration and Production (LIX) B.V. will explore for oil and natural gas in Block 1-14 Silistar, which is located in the Bulgarian exclusive economic zone in the Black Sea

Business representatives in the boards of state-owned energy companies

16.09.2015
Several packages of measures in the energy sector were discussed today at a meeting of employers' organizations with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, BTA reported.

Approved national report on the management of radioactive waste

09.09.2015
The national report applies both to the facilities and activities, and presents the policies and programs that cover the entire cycle of safe management of radioactive waste, including disposal.

Government Develops Measures to Stabilize Energy Sector

03.07.2015
The Bulgarian Government undertook measures for the financial stabilization of the energy sector. The aim is to reduce the current deficit in the National Electricity Company and to create conditions for the liberalization of the Bulgarian electricity market.

Nearly 6 000 Consumers on the Liberalised Electricity Market

11.06.2015
The Bulgarian liberalised electricity market counts 5,917 consumers and 68 traders, according to data of the Electricity System Operator (ESO) as of end of May 2015.

Bulgaria signed the International Energy Charter

20.05.2015
Achieving a favorable and sustainable in the long term investment climate in the energy sector is one of the main goals of the new version of the International Energy Charter.

Energy Efficiency Act approved by the Parliament

01.05.2015
The new Energy Efficiency Act is harmonized with the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Directive (Directive 2012/27/EC).

NEK expects to save 1 bln BGN from agreement with "AES-Galabovo" TPP and "ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3" TPP.

08.04.2015
Today the National Electric Company (NEK) signed amendments to the agreements with the two plants to reduce their price for availability, which are expected to result, until the end of their long-term contracts, in about 1 billion BGN savings for NEK.

The Parliament Elected Regulator's Chairman and Members

02.04.2015
The Parliament elected the new commissioners in the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC). Ivan Ivanov, nominated by the Reformist Bloc, has been elected Chairman.

Parliament adopted amendments to the Energy Act

26.02.2015
To stabilize the financial situation of the energy sector, to balance the relations in the sector, and to ensure the independence of the Regulator in favor of consumers - these are the main objectives of the changes in the Energy Act, which were approved at second reading by Parliament.

Bulgarian Governmental Programme for the Energy Sector 2014 - 2018

24.01.2015
A top priority of the government in the energy sector is to ensure its financial stability.

The U.S. to provide assistance to Bulgaria in forging its energy future

15.01.2015
Energy diversification and the preparation of a plan for the development of Bulgaria’s energy future, along with security and legislation, were among the main topics discussed by U.S. Secretary of State and Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov, during Kerry’s visit to Sofia on 15.01.