Podcast in English
Bulgarian National Radio © 2022 All Rights Reserved

TUs from Martitsa Iztok 2 power plant threaten protest and strike action

The coal-fired power station Martitsa Iztok 2
Photo: BGNES

The trade unions from the state-owned coal-fired power station Martitsa Iztok 2 warn that they will soon initiate protest and strike action to protect the functioning of the power plant.

In an open letter they express concern over the planned transfer of the power station to the free market entirely as the cost price of the electricity it produces is too high. According to the regulatory body the power plant’s selling price is 210 Leva /107 euro/ per Mwh which is 76% higher than the household electricity price, making the electricity produced by Martitsa Iztok 2 non-marketable. The trade unions say that unless steps are taken there is a risk that Martitsa Iztok 2 power station will stop working, leading to an electricity shortage in the region.

Reporting by Juliana Kornazheva, Horizont channel, BNR.

Listen to the daily news from Bulgaria presented in "Bulgaria Today" podcast, available in Spotify.

More from category

Weather forecast for May 19: Sunny weather in Bulgaria

During the night the clouds will break and the sky over the whole country will be clear. The wind in most areas will subside. In some places, along rivers, visibility might be reduced by fog. On Thursday (May 19) the weather will be..

published on 5/18/22 7:45 PM
US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried

US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried pays visit to Bulgaria

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried is visiting Bulgaria May 18th and 19th, the US embassy in Sofia has announced. “This visit by the top U.S. diplomat for Europe is the latest in a string of..

published on 5/18/22 7:01 PM
Foreign Minister Teodora Genchovska

Foreign Minister Genchovska: Bulgaria’s position on North Macedonia remains unchanged

"Bulgaria’s position is such as it is – implementation of the friendship agreement. There need to be specifics. We have wasted 5 months in talking, in interviews. We are just waiting for them to implement the agreement,” Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister..

published on 5/18/22 6:49 PM