Bulgaria President: Belene NPP Is Not Alternative to Kozloduy NPP

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria President: Belene NPP Is Not Alternative to Kozloduy NPP Bulgaria's Preident Georgi Parvanov stated that the second nuclear power plant to be constructed in the country near the town of Belene is not an alternative to the first one in Kozloduy. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

Bulgaria's Preident Georgi Parvanov stated that the second nuclear power plant to be constructed in the country near the town of Belene is not an alternative to the first one in Kozloduy.

The head of state said in an interview for Darik Radio that the cabinet should insist for the restart of units 3 and 4 of Kozloduy NPP before the European Commission.

"We can and must convince Europe that such a step is to cover the damages Bulgaria and its neighbours suffered as a result of the gas crisis," President Parvanov explained.

"After closing the two units of Kozloduy facility our country became a victim of a wrong decision made by some of our European partners," he added.

The president said also it is a mistake to leave into the past a station that could produce electricity in a safe way.
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#3
CJB - 22 Jan 2009 // 16:49:09

The BSP really are desperate for a few extra million in electricity export revenues. Why? Will the companies who sustained losses due to loss of gas supplies be compensated from that money? Or is it that the cost of Belene is spiralling out of control and they need a few extra million to service the loans?

#2
Robin - 22 Jan 2009 // 11:05:23

It's the typical "blame it on the EU" syndrome, rather than taking responsibility for the problems which are of their own making. Being 100% reliant on a very unstable Russia for gas and only having gas storage facilities for a few days? How stupid is that. The Soviet Union dissapeared 20 years ago Mr. Parvanov.

Instead of spending however many billions on a new Nuke, they could have expanded their gas storage facilities. Germany has Gas storage facilities for several months. This doesn't just protect them against crises like the current one. It also enables them to buy their gas in the summer when it is cheaper and store it for the winter thereby stabilising the price of gas within the country.

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Taro - 22 Jan 2009 // 09:49:07

The president should focus on modern and green technology and look into the future then whining and blaiming others for own faults.

Bulgaria closed the contracts and now it wants to renegociate. This is not good style.

This stupid discussion about Kozloduy is just a fake discussion, just to mislead that this coalition doesn't have something like a consistent energy politic and to canalise the anger of the street away from the parlament.

Greets
Taro

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