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CEZ Installed Six New Artificial Platforms for Securing Stork Nests

April 08, 2011
CEZ Installed Six New Artificial Platforms for Securing Stork Nests

CEZ installed six new metal platforms for securing stork nests on electricity poles in two settlements in western Bulgaria. Facilities are installed in the metropolitan district Benkovski and in Ravno pole village (Elin Pelin Municipality). Alerts for endangered stork nests were obtained from the Sofia Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Waters (RIEW) and environmental organizations.

 

Activities of strengthening stork nests built on electric poles have a long tradition in the electricity company. The initiative aims to minimize the risk of causing a short circuit in wiring. The metal platforms protect nesting storks of a possible fire, and electricity distribution network - of an emergency situation. The technique used for strengthening allows maintaining the integrity of the nests.

 

CEZ activities are fully consistent with the migration of birds. Isolation of nests by placing artificial platforms takes place outside the breeding season of storks - in the period September-March. ‘Unfortunately stork nests, hanging on the wires are a potential danger for both the grid and the life of the birds themselves. Therefore, our company is making serious efforts to prevent such incidents. The aim is to provide quality power to our customers while to protect the storks’, said Bozhidar Gatev, Director Operations and maintenance in CEZ Bulgaria.

 

For the past four years, CEZ has installed a total of 547 metal platforms. Other than 800 nests are under constant surveillance and if needed all necessary measures will be undertaken for safeguarding them. To ensure a timely response, the company cooperates with the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB).


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