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Bulgaria's St Nikola Wind Farm extends unplanned outage

Author: AES Bulgaria / All rights reserved.

SOFIA (Bulgaria), January 25 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria's largest wind farm - the 156 MW Saint Nikola, operated by AES Geo Energy - has extended the duration of its unplanned outage to January 29 from January 21, the Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange (IBEX) said.

A problem with the distribution system left the plant with 56 MW of unavailable capacity on December 28, IBEX said in a notice.

The Saint Nikola wind farm located near the town of Kavarna, on the Black Sea coast consists of 52 turbines of 3 MW each. It was built in 2009 and commenced operations in 2010.

The total investment in the project was 270 million euro ($332.2 million), of which 198 million euro was provided by a bank consortium including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Financial Corporation and UniCredit Market & Investment Banking.

AES Geo Energy is a joint venture of New York-listed power corporation AES, which holds a majority stake, and the German Geo Power company.

AES also operates the 600 MW coal-fired power plant AES Galabovo, located in southern Bulgaria.

($ = 0.8126 euro)

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