Bulgaria President: Belene Nuclear Plant Can't Be Frozen over Crisis

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Bulgaria Bulgaria President: Belene Nuclear Plant Can't Be Frozen over Crisis: Bulgaria President: Belene Nuclear Plant Can't Be Frozen over Crisis The Bulgarian President Parvanov believes the country must keep its nuclear energy edge in the region with the construction of the Belene NPP. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov said Wednesday the Belene Nuclear Power Plant could be build with loans from Russia, if necessary.

"It is not very easy to find credits for such a large-scale project as our second nuclear power plant in times of global financial crisis. We should not exclude the Russian side as a possible source of loans, of course", the Bulgarian President declared making it clear the country had to keep its regional edge in energy.

"I explicitly refuse to accept the claims by certain political factors that the Belene project needs to be frozen until no one knows when. By that time our neighbors would have probably built their nuclear plants, and Bulgaria will remain among the last states claiming to have a serious nuclear and energy sector", Parvanov said.

The President also commented Wednesday that Bulgaria had protected its national interests with the South Stream gas transit pipeline deal made by Prime Minister Stanishev in Moscow Tuesday.

No final agreement between Bulgaria and Russia on the South Stream project has been signed yet, but Parvanov said he expected a whole package of deals with the Russians to be signed in mid May including a revised gas supplies contract directly with the Russian energy giant Gazprom.

"I continue to believe that Bulgaria needs to stand up for its position for the removal of any intermediaries. Bulgaria just has to show the facts, and to pose the question of how much the intermediaries have profited at the expense of the Bulgarian consumer in all those years", President Parvanov stating his belief that Bulgaria could achieve its objectives with these arguments.

 

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CJB - 29 Apr 2009 // 19:59:03

Just fixed this typo! You see, Gotse was just trying to explain that Belene CAN be frozen. The crisis is a perfect excuse, and nobody takes the Bulgarian energy "sector" seriously anyway. That's what he really said, just the usual spelling mistakes from Novinite!

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NellieotAmerica - 29 Apr 2009 // 17:21:03

"And in times of crises, Bulgaria needs his money elsewhere..."

Bulgaria has money? I wasn't aware. How does Bulgaria have money? No one is paying their taxes, the EU is not giving them subsidies........must be all that drugs and prostitution revenues........

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Taro - 29 Apr 2009 // 16:54:14

"I explicitly refuse to accept the claims by certain political factors that the Belene project needs to be frozen until no one knows when. By that time our neighbors would have probably built their nuclear plants, and Bulgaria will remain among the last states claiming to have a serious nuclear and energy sector", Parvanov said.

SO this is the real meaning behind this project and not that bulgarian households would have to sit in the darkness...

It's just a matter of national prestige with the target to export electricity to the neighbour countries.

The fact is that the technology of the Belene reactor is already outdated, the questioned region is in danger of earthquakes as we could eyewhitness last weekend. This was only a small one.

And not to stop there, Bulgaria makes himself totally dependend on russia, with credits, with the supply of nuclear fuel and disposal of nuclear waste (which nobody knows, what is going to happen with it, when it goes to Russia).

And in times of crises, Bulgaria needs his money elsewhere...

Greets
Taro

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