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February 21, 2012
Bulgaria to resume electricity exports early Tuesday
Sofia (AFP) Feb 20, 2012
Bulgaria will resume early Tuesday electricity exports to its Balkan neighbours after an 11-day cut prompted by soaring local consumption due to a cold snap, the government said. "Electricity exports will resume at 1:00 am Tuesday (2300 GMT Monday) in line with an order of Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov," the minister's office said in a statement on Monday. Bulgaria is a key electricity exporter in the Balkans, sending to neighbouring Greece, Serbia, Macedonia and Turkey 10.5 billio ... read more

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