BUSINESS CONDITIONS

Utilities

Electricity

The price of electricity for industrial purposes in Bulgaria is one the lowest in Europe.

The main supplier of electricity to Ruse is ENERGO-PRO Varna Solely Owned JSC (www.energo-pro.bg). Over the last 10 years, the company has made significant investments to improve the electricity supply infrastructure in the region, including construction of new transformer stations and electrical equipment. An electrical substation "Slatina" 110/20 kV was built for power supply to new production plants in Industrial Park - Ruse. Cable electrical supplies were built for the factories of Montupet SMLLC, Keros Bulgaria Solely Owned JSC, WITTE Automotive Bulgaria SMLLC, Balkanzink JSC, Ruse Logistics Park and other new industrial users on the territory of Ruse and Ruse District.

The business customers of ENERGO-PRO Sales JSC, connected to low voltage, pay the following prices for network services:

As of 01.07.2017, the current prices without VAT and excise duty for the sale of electricity to non-residential (business) customers connected to the low voltage electricity distribution network are:

 

Source: ENERGO-PRO Sales JSC

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Water supply and sewerage

The company which provides services for providing drinking water, diversion and treatment of wastewater for household and industrial consumers in Ruse District is Water Supply and Sewerage LTD – Ruse (www.vik-ruse.com). The company serves 84 settlements in Ruse District or more than 220 thousand users. Water supply is provided for 100% of the settlements, while sewerage services are available for 64.32% of the population served in the District (90% of the residents of Ruse). The company also operates a wastewater treatment plant in the city of Ruse – equivalent 240 000 residents.

To connect to the water supply and sewerage system users should submit a written application. The procedure involves conducting a preliminary study and specifying the technical conditions for connecting to the system, signing a preliminary contract for connecting to the system, preparing an investment project and signing a contract for the provision of water supply and sewerage services.

 

Prices of Water Supply and Sewerage services for industrial users EUR/cubic meter

Source: Water supply and sewerage LTD – Ruse

Natural gas

The services related to natural gas distribution and supply of natural gas by an end supplier in Ruse District are carried out by the largest gas distribution company in the country - Overgas Networks JSC (www.overgas.bg). The total value of the investments made by the natural gas distribution and supply company on the territory of the District is about EUR 10 million, with over EUR 5.5 million made in the period 2008-2017. The company supplies more than 4 000 natural gas users.

The company has built nearly 133 thousand meters of gas distribution network on the territory of Ruse Municipality: the city of Ruse and the town of Marten - 132 364 m. For the territory of the Ruse District, projects have been drawn up and new building permits have been issued for 116 000 m.

Overgas Networks JSC operates the gas distribution network in the following industrial zones: Danube Industrial Zone TEGRA – 2 900 lm, Eastern Industrial Zone – 19 036 lm, Industrial Park – Ruse – 16 945 lm, Western Industrial Zone – 17 700 lm, gas distribution network on the territory of SET JSC – 1 000 lm.

The prices for distribution and supply of natural gas are differentiated according to tariff groups depending on the use of natural gas - for both commercial and household needs. Commercial users are divided into tariff groups depending on the consumption patterns - even and uneven, as well as on the basis of annual consumption.

End-user prices include price for distribution, price for supply and the natural gas price, with the exception of the end price for household customers and business customers with uneven consumption up to 5 000 m³, which does not include a supply price. The price for supply of customers with uneven consumption up to 5 000 m³ amounts to 1.55 EUR/month, VAT excluded.

 

Natural gas prices for end users, VAT included

Source: Overgas Networks JSC

 

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