Bulgaria halts electricity exports on January 13 as winter cold bites

Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova has ordered that the country halts exporting electricity on January 13 2017 to ensure power supply for Bulgarian consumers as the country’s power grid comes under pressure because of several days of severely low temperatures.

The order follows similar moves by Greece, which has suspended electricity exports on January 11 and 12, while earlier, Romania refused to assist Bulgaria with power supplies last weekend.

Bulgaria’s Electricity System Operator (ESO) said that Petkova had ordered a halt to electricity exports but had not limited energy transits.

“The restriction is necessary because of the continuing extreme winter conditions, leading to an imbalance between production and consumption of electricity at regional level,” the ESO said.

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