Five Companies Eye Bulgaria's Second N-plant Belene

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Five of the invited companies have submitted principal bids for the construction of the new Nuclear Power Plant Belene, Petko Petkov, chair of the Civic committee for continuation of the construction of the plant, told Pari Daily.

Russian Atomstroyexport, American Westinghouse, French Framatom, Czech Skoda and the Canadian state company Energy Of Canada Ltd. have declared willingness to build the second nuclear power plant.

The Ministry of Energy and Energy Resources announced the sixth company that was invited - the Japanese Mitsubishi Heavy Industries - has not submitted documents, although it wrote that it is still interested in the nuclear power engineering in Bulgaria.

The deadline for receiving the answers of potential investors in the construction of Belene expired March 31, after it was extended in the middle of the month.

Initially the deadline was set at the beginning of February. Questions were sent to all interested companies in the first half of February, following the Cabinet's decision for the construction of Bulgaria's second N-plant.

At the end of December last year Bulgaria's Cabinet lifted the ban on the completion of Bulgaria's second nuclear plant. The project for its construction was shelved in 1992 after pressure from environmentalists. Over USD 1 B has been invested in the project so far.

Its launch is part of Bulgaria's efforts to keep its position of a Balkan energy leader.

Alternative to nuclear power engineering sources such as the Maritsa Iztok -2 and 3 thermo-electric power station are to be upgraded.
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