Petr Dokladal, Chairperson of the Management Board and CEO of CEZ Bulgaria, in an interview for Focus News Agency.
Focus: Mr Dokladal, what projects does CEZ Bulgaria currently work on?
Petr Dokladal: CEZ is working on many projects. One of our bigger projects is the critical infrastructure in Sofia, which amounts at BGN 20 million per year. We would also like to invest in renewable energy sources. We plan to invest around EUR 13 million in a project for biomass. We are also currently working on a technical report for a project for the future environmental improvement of Thermal Power Plant (TPP) Varna.
Focus: Could you, please, tell us a bit more about the biomass project?
Petr Dokladal: I can tell you that this is a project for electricity plant in Western Bulgaria with capacity of 5 MW and will cost around EUR 13 million. We want to use more modern technology.
Focus: What new services does CEZ plan to offer to its customers?
Petr Dokladal: When we talk about new services, I would like to mention the e-invoice. I would also like to mention our new anti-corruption line, where our customers can call and report on suspected corruption practices of our employees. Several days ago we opened a new customer centre in Sofia – on 2 Positano Sqare, which is equipped with modern-day technologies worth more than BGN 200,000. People can take advantage of one of the many, more than 100, different services there. We are also continuing our work on the project for energy efficiency, with which we would like to help our customers with advices how to save electricity.
Focus: What measures do you plan in connection with energy efficiency?
Petr Dokladal: We would like to concentrate our efforts in the things closest to us, namely rehabilitation of the electricity network and reducing the technological losses. We have signed contracts for co-operation in the sphere of energy efficiency with several Bulgarian municipalities. One should not forget the fact that we are financing the insulation of several public kindergartens. The effect from such co-operation is double – on one hand we insulate these buildings, and on the other hand we reduce the expenses of the kindergartens and thus educate the children and their parents.
Focus: Do you plan to open other new customer centres, like the one on 2 Positano Square, any time soon?
Petr Dokladal: Yes, of course. We will continue this trend. As you know, however, such projects require serious investments.