The European project of the Municipality of Burgas will secure warmer and more conformable environment for education and upbringing of approximately 2100 children in the biggest housing estate in the town – “Meden rudnik”. For that purpose an overall reconstruction and increase of the energy efficiency will be carried out of the Regional Heating Station (RHS) which supplies with thermal energy 2 schools and a kindergarten in the housing estate – “Konstantin Petkanov” Secondary School of General Education , “Elin Pelin” Primary School ‘and “Morska zvezda” Kindergarten No.1. This has been announced today at the first press conference on the project by the deputy major of the Municipality of Burgas Yordanka Ananieva, eng. Yulia Dimitrova – head of project and prof. Dr Nikola Kaloyanov of ”Technical University – Sofia – Technologies” – partners under the project. The repair of RHS-Meden rudnik is part of the project “Energy Efficiency of Central Heating of Three Municipal Educational Buildings in City of Burgas, Meden Rudnik Residential Area” housing estate” BG04-02-03-022-007 which the Municipality of Burgas has won. “Norsk Energi” –Norway and “Technical University – Sofia – Technologies” EOOD are partners under the project. The period of implementation is 13 months and the budget is 824 519,25 BGN and 300 000BGN from the Municipality of Burgas. It includes 3 basic activities – replacement of heating capacities and repair of RHS- Meden rudnik; three-day international exhibition of producers of energy efficient electric appliances, facilities, renewable energy sources and insulation construction materials; trainings of citizens and specialists; preparation of operation optimization plan for RHS- Meden rudnik. “Our project won second place among all projects submitted from the country, and our idea is to draw on the experience of the country which has a leading position in the application of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources measures and this is Norway,” said deputy major Yordanka Ananieva. “So far we have prepared the tender procedure for the repair of the heating station which has been sent to the Managing Authority – the Ministry of Energy. We aim at starting the procedure for the selection of company-contractor of the repair works till the beginning of December. Our aim is in the spring, after the end of this winter period, to start the construction works at the regional station in order to have it ready before the beginning of the new heating season,” added deputy- major Yordanka Ananieva. “At the moment the station operates with three boilers two of which date back to 1984. They are extremely corroded and amortized. They are leaking despite the numerous repairs and have very low efficiency. Apart from this they use expensive non-renewable resource- industrial gas oil. All the above makes them ecologically and economically unfavorable and extremely inefficient”, said Yulia Dimitrova who is head of the project. The reconstruction of the RHS-Meden rudnik plans a dismantling of the old boiler and installation of a new boiler with capacity of 1650 kW, which operates on biomass – wooden pellets, splinters (woodchips), broken shells and stones. The amortized underground pipelines supplying “Konstantin Petkanov” Secondary School of General Education, “Elin Pelin” Primary School, and “Morska zvezda” Kindergarten No.1 will be also dismantled. They will be replaced by new steel and insulated pipes with polyurethane insulation which protects them from underground waters and other harmful effects. A warehouse for wooden pellets will be build with a reserve for at least 5 days and fuel-feeding mechanisms for pellet transportation. “The renovation of the heating station and especially the change of fuel from gas oil to waste biomass will save 40% of the current loss, and the replacement of the transport network will save another 29%. This means that an economy of 760 MW per year, 207 000 BGN and 507 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere will be made. This could be the first project which is entirely in compliance with the European requirements for energy efficiency and namely till the end of 2018 the state and municipal buildings to have characteristics class A and over 55% of their supply to be from renewable sources,” said prof. Dr Nikola Kaloyanov of ”Technical University – Sofia – Technologies”. The project is funded under Programme BG04 “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy” under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014.