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EU awards EUR 9 million to four sustainable transport projects in Bulgaria, Greece, Slovenia

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April 18, 2024

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The European Union has awarded EUR 424 million to 42 sustainable transport projects including one in Bulgaria, two in Slovenia, and one in Greece. The three countries are the only EU funding beneficiaries in the region tracked by Balkan Green Energy News.

Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Greece were selected under the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility (AFIF) of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), an EU funding program supporting transport infrastructure.

The grants for the rollout of alternative fuels supply infrastructure are coupled with the participation of major financial institutions to achieve a higher impact of the EU’s money, the European Commission said.

With the new selection, AFIF will support the installation of 4,200 electric recharging points along the European TEN-T road network, 48 hydrogen refueling stations for cars, trucks and buses and the electrification of ground handling services in 21 airports.

A grant was awarded for the decarbonization of ground operations at Sofia’s airport

EUR 930,000 was awarded for the Electrification of Sofia Airport Ground Operations. SOF Connect AD coordinates the project.

It will support the decarbonization of ground operations at Sofia’s airport with the deployment of three mobile electrical ground power equipment, three ground power units, one heater for aircraft cabins, 22 charging stations for ground handling vehicles including the electrical infrastructure for the charging stations and the related software.

Hydrogen refueling station for buses is set to be installed in Attiki, Greece

The project for a hydrogen refueling station for public buses in the bus depot of public utility OSY at Thriasio in the Attica peninsula received a EUR 3.6 million grant.

It envisages the deployment of a filling point of 350 bar to contribute to serving the core urban node of Greek capital Athens, according to AFIF.

Airport operator Fraport Slovenija has received EUR 1.17 million for its Fraport Slovenija for e-Future project.

The Ljubljana airport and a public utility have received funds in Slovenia

The project is located at the Ljubljana airport, one of TEN-T’s core facilities. It aims to deliver several infrastructure components to decarbonize its ground operations: one mobile electrical aircraft cooling unit (eACU), one transformer to supply the 25 recharging stations already installed in the airport airside, five fixed electrical and eight mobile electrical ground power units and one EV charging station for ground operations.

A grant of EUR 3 million was awarded for the Green Energy for Transport project, implemented by public utility Energetika Ljubljana.

It plans to install a hydrogen refueling station for public transport buses in Ljubljana, 16 recharging stations and nine electric port service vehicles in the port of Koper, 14 recharging stations for electric buses for public transport in Koper, and 12 recharging stations for public transport buses in Ljubljana.

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