Russian Paper: Bulgaria May Scrap Its Existing N-Plant

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Bulgaria: Russian Paper: Bulgaria May Scrap Its Existing N-Plant Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP, photo by BGNES

Bulgaria may consider closing its sole existing nuclear power plant, Kozloduy, if Bulgarians vote against the development of nuclear energy in the country in an upcoming referendum, a Russian paper has claimed.

According to dnevnik.bg, the Kommersant daily has noted that Bulgaria's Parliament decided on Wednesday to drop the Bulgarian-Russian Belene nuclear power plant project from the referendum question.

The question approved by Bulgaria's lawmakers was "Should atomic energy be developed in Bulgaria through the building of a new Atomic Plant?"

According to Kommersant, if Bulgarians vote in favor of the development of nuclear energy in the country, Russian energy company Rosatom would be given a chance to renew the construction of Belene, a project abandoned by the centrist-right GERB government.

However, the paper has reminded that the Westinghouse Electric Company, which received a contract to perform a feasibility study on the potential new unit of Kozloduy, would also be given a chance.

In March 2012, GERB scrapped the project to build a second nuclear power lant in the Danube town of Belene, declaring it economically unfeasible. The pro-Belene oppositional  Bulgarian Socialist Party then launched a petition for a referendum on the Russian-Bulgarian project's fate.

The petition's question said:"Should nuclear energy be developed in Bulgaria through the building of a Nuclear Plant at the Belene site?"

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Tags: Belene NPP, Boyko Borisov, GERB, question, Belene, NPP, Referendum, Nuclear Power Plant, Bulgarian Socialist Party, Russian, Kozloduy
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