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Electricity

The entire Plovdiv region has a modern power distribution infrastructure. All towns and villages in the region have access to electricity. Since 2005, power supply and distribution in the South-East Bulgaria has been privatized to EVN Bulgaria (part of EVN AG – Austria). The company has invested over BGN 1.5 billion (appr. EUR 770 million) during the last 12 years to improve the electricity grid as major customer services. The investment activities in the distribution grid in Plovdiv region alone has come to BGN 341 million (EUR 174 million) since 2005. In 2011, the company launched a brand new 110/20 kV electrical substation in Tsaratsovo (worth EUR 2.8 million) with a capacity of 32.5 MVA with plans running for two additional substations in Plovdiv industrial zones.
EVN also operates the Plovdiv district heating company providing secure heat supply to both private and industrial users. In 2011 the company built a brand new high-efficient cogeneration plant which two years later helped it launch a cooling
service for business users during the summer months. Industrial users can benefit from the fast expanding liberalized market of electricity, purchasing from registered power traders or even directly from the generation plants in some cases. In case of a greenfield investment (i.e. new facility construction) there is a streamlined process of several quick steps to get connected to the power grid. These include in particular a verification of available capacity, a study of the specific terms and conditions for connection to the distribution grid or an offer with preliminary connection contract. All these steps take up to 30 days after application. New users pay fees for the connection services according to a fixed and government regulated tariff rate.

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ANNUAL CONSUMPTION IN mWh, UP TO: FINAL PRICE incl VAT, EUR/kWh
20 0.131
500 0.114
2000 0.095
20 00 0.084
70 000 0.075
150 000 0.069
over 150 000 0.069

Source: NSI

Natural gas

The region of Plovdiv benefits from the fact that it is on the route of both an international transit (Russia-Greece-Macedonia) and a national transit gas pipeline. Several of the municipalities have access to the pipeline which constitutes the Southern Transit Half-Ring. There are 8 automatic gas-regulating stations (i.e. exit points of the transit network) in the Plovdiv region, which make the connection of large industrial gas consumers to the transit grid possible. Companies can benefit from theemerging liberalized gas market and wholesale prices. The available capacity is sufficient for a considerable increase in gas consumption.Small quantity users and households can be connected to the gas distribution grid of City Gas (part of the Italian Gruppo
Societa’ Gas Rimini s.p.a) which was granted a license to provide gas in 12 of the municipalities in the region (including the city of Plovdiv), or Overgas – for the municipalities of Parvomay and Asenovgrad. Consumers which are connected to the distribution network have to pay according to regulated prices, updated quarterly. Getting connected to the transit grid (for large consumers) starts with an application which is reviewed in up to 30 days.Following this the consumer receives the proposed terms and conditions of access, including the available capacity and recommended point of access to the grid. Similar process is used for getting connected to the gas distribution network.

ANNUAL CONSUMPTION IN GJ: FINAL PRICE incl VAT, EUR/GJ
1000 7.828
10 00 7.199
100 000 6.401
1 000 000 5.000
4 000 000 4.550

Source: NSI

Water and sewage

A state-owned utility company – Water & Sewage SJSCo, Plovdiv – is in charge of water supply, sewage and waste water treatment in most of the municipalities in the region of Plovdiv. The network services 14 towns and 201 villages, or a total of about 700 thousand customers. The fresh water supply covers 100% of the populated areas, while sewage is available to about 75% of the customers. The utility company runs 3 waste water treatment plants in the region.
New users have to apply to the utility company which in turn ensures that all necessary conditions for connection to the supply and sewage infrastructure are met. The process is part of the overall procedure for new construction development. The investor pays for any additional costs for new construction and expansion of the water supply and sewage network, including new pipes, etc. Combined price of water and sewage for industrial users starts from EUR 0.93 per m3 and can go up to EUR 1.38 per m3 depending on the degree of contamination.