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DESIREE GAS Project Consultant (DGP Consultant) to the Ministry of Energy, Bulgaria
DESIREE GAS Project Consultant (DGP Consultant) to the Ministry of Energy, Bulgaria

CATEGORY: Programme Management

LOCATION: Bulgaria

START/END: 2015 - 2018

CONSULTANCY BUDGET: 447.982

CLIENT: Ministry of Energy

ORIGIN OF FUNDING: EBRD

LDK’s BUDGET SHARE: 100%

STAFF PROVIDED: 12

DESIREE GAS Project Consultant (DGP Consultant) to the Ministry of Energy, Bulgaria

Type of Services

The specific role of the DGP Consultant is to:

  • provide assistance for the preparation of the Project’s operational procedures and implementation tools, defining the eligibility criteria for the selection of eligible installers, materials and equipment;
  • assist in the Project’s management according to national legislation and the requirements of the KIDSF and EBRD;
  • assist the Ministry of Energy to meet the requirements of the Grant Agreement with the EBRD, monitoring and reporting on the Project’s performance.

LDK’s experts are in close contact with the Ministry of Energy and the EBRD, in order to develop the procedures and implementation tools taking into account the needs of the Bulgarian households and the Gas Companies’ capacities to implement the grant programme.
The first series of deliverables are:

  • D1: detailed Work Programme, Stakeholder Mapping, Quality Control Manual
  • D2, D4, D6: Procedures for operation and disbursement of funds, including Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Energy and Gas Distribution Companies
  • D3: Eligibility criteria for beneficiaries, technical measures, selection of eligible installers and list of eligible materials and equipment
  • D5: Interactive web-based database
  • D7: Communication campaign strategy
  • D8: Form of selection approval certificate, implementation verification certificate and payment verification certificate

Upon commencement of the grant programme, the DGP Consultant will provide ongoing support to its operation, monitoring and reporting.

LDK Staff input:
- Project Director, Christos Zacharias (internal staff): part-time until Jan 2016, Marianna Kondilidou (internal staff): part-time Jan 2016-Sept 2018)
- Project Manager, Katharine Vlachos (internal staff): part-time for the project duration
- Team Leader, Christos Zacharias (internal staff): from Jan 2016
- A. Triantafyllidis (internal staff), KE2 Heat & Gas Engineer
- Savvas Louizidis (internal staff), KE3 EE & Monitoring Expert
- Andrey Delchev, KE4 Procurement Expert
- Ventzislav Atanasov, KE5 Financial Expert
- Tsonka Harizanova, Project Coordinator
- NKE: R. Todorova, H. Hrtova, S. Zacharias (internal staff), Y. Hristova, M. Vatchkova

Description

The Ministry of Energy of Bulgaria (ME), in the framework of the National Programme for Accelerated Gasification (“National Programme for Gasification”), will use grant support provided by the KIDSF (Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund, managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), for the provision of incentives to households to connect to gas distribution networks. This assistance for the residential sector will be delivered through the establishment of a Demand Side Residential Energy Efficiency (DESIREE) Financing Facility, operating via the Gas Distribution Companies of Bulgaria.

The DESIREE GAS Project aims to provide a dedicated and effective mechanism to support and increase the use of gas by Bulgarian households, in line with requirements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive requiring Member States to develop energy efficiency financing mechanisms.
The Project will promote top-performing technologies and support the fuel switch from carbon intensive electricity to friendlier natural gas. A positive consequence of the program will be the reduction of energy use and carbon emissions in the residential sector of Bulgaria.

The Project aims to achieve: 

  • Support gasification and installation of high efficiency boilers in about 10,000 households.
  • Total electricity equivalent savings are estimated at about 142 000 MWh per year;
  • Additional energy savings of 70,000 MWh per year are anticipated for fuel switch projects from coal, biomass and oil to natural gas due to higher efficiency of combustion;
  • About 213kWh will be saved per 1 EUR of grant support over average economic lifetime of 15 years;
  • GHG emission reduction of 70,000 tCO2 per year or more than 1.0 million tons of CO2 over the economic lifetime of equipment installed.
  • Countrywide gasification of households will contribute to the:
  • increase of the security of electricity supply through savings on the direct use of electricity;
  • increase of energy efficiency within the heating and hot water supply system.

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