Within 24 hours, the power supply to the VMZ production site in Sopot will be fully restored. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry, Irina Stonova, who urgently visited the military plant.
Stonova went to “Vazovsky Machine Building Plants” to familiarize herself with the situation on the spot, after that night, as a result of the heavy rains, the production process in this part of the plant was stopped.
At the moment, all premises are drained. It was acted very quickly, after warehouses and production workshops were under water in the morning. Already in the early hours, the electricity was stopped at the entire site of the plant in Sopot. Thus, the risk of a production accident is eliminated.
Part of the plant’s workshops are currently not working, but their phased inclusion is to come. Deputy Minister Stonova explained that no finished product was damaged. “I want to congratulate the team on the ground, which acted extremely quickly and adequately and at no point was there any risk to the workers of the VMZ, which is the most important thing,” stressed Deputy Minister Stonova. According to her, the situation in the region is very difficult. There are also VMZ employees who could not reach their workplaces because of the state of the infrastructure after the heavy rains.
“VMZ will provide food products to the distressed people of the area. We are in contact with the Municipality of Karlovo and we are ready to provide assistance for anything else we are able to help with,” said Deputy Minister Stonova.
Detailed inspections will still be done to assess what the material damage is at the VMZ and what will be needed to remove it – both in terms of time and resources, it became clear during the visit to the plant.
Deputy Minister Stonova was welcomed in Sopot by the executive director of VMZ Ivan Stoenchev, and the two also talked to many of the workers on site.