Bulgaria's Nuclear Plant Kozloduy Produced 15% More Electricity in 2008

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Bulgaria's only nuclear power plant at the Danube town of Kozloduy produced almost 16 billion kW/h of electricity in 2008, which is a 15% increase compared to the 2007 production.

The news was announced by the NPP Director Ivan Genov in an interview for the Darik Radio on Saturday.

The Kozloduy Plant has only two 1000 MW reactors that are functioning - Units 5 and 6. Its "small" 440 MW reactors - Units 1, 2, 3, and 4 - have been closed in accordance with agreements with the EU over safety concerns.

Ivan Genov pointed out the potential restart of Units 3 and 4, which were shut down on January 1, 2006, would require no additional staff or funds. He said Unit 4 could be restarted within three weeks after the issuing of a permit by the Nuclear Regulation Agency.

The NPP Director also emphasized that the closure of Units 3 and 4 cost Bulgaria BGN 350 M in missed revenue every year.

The rhetoric about the restart of Units 3 and 4 was taken up again by the Bulgarian President and the government during the recent cutoff of Russian natural gas supplies. However, Bulgarian would have to get EU permission for any nuclear reactor reboot as the closure of the units is part of its accession treaty.
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