Bulgaria Should Sell Belene Nuclear Reactor - Right-Wing Leader
Bulgaria should sell its new Russian nuclear reactor, according to Ivan Kostov, co-chair of the right-wing Blue Coalition.
The reactor can be sold to one of the Russian nuclear power plants that are currently out of operation, Kostoc explained.
In an interview for TV7, the former PM (1997-2001) firmly opposed the construction of Bulgaria's potential second nuclear power plant in the Danube town of Belene, explaining that it would deepen the country's energy dependence from Russia.
Furthermore, he believes that Belene will be a potential threat, since would not comply with EU nuclear safety standards.
"If we decide that we need a nuclear power plant, we should announce a new competition and select something state-of-the art," he stated. According to Kostov, Russian companies will not stand a chance, since they lack they lack the modern technologies that the likes of Westinghouse possess.
Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov recently hinted that the country may install almost-completed reactor at the Belene NPP to its sole existing NPP in Kozloduy. He also declared that Belene – if it happens at all – will not be a purely Bulgarian-Russian project.
In October 2011, Bulgaria and Russia reached an agreement to extend the negotiations over Belene nuclear project by another six months as of the beginning of October amidst continuing haggling over its price and feasibility.
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