Bulgarian Nuke Unit 3 Gets Eight-Year License

Politics | May 23, 2003, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Sofia's Nuclear Regulation Agency issues Friday eight-year exploitation license to unit 3 of Bulgaria's only nuclear power plant - Kozloduy.

This licence constitutes the safety of the reactor, Yordan Kostadinov, director of Kozloduy's N-plant, told the Bulgarian National Radio. "Documents we tabled at the Nuclear Regulation Agency proved that the reactor poses no threat over the whole of next eight years," Kostadinov said.

In March 2002, the agency issued ten-year license to Kozloduy's unit 4. Licenses to units 5 and 6 are yet to be discussed.

By the fall of 2003 Bulgaria's N-plant would be ready for the peer review the European Commission will send to Bulgaria, Kostadinov said.

If the results of the check prove favorable, Bulgaria hopes to re-negotiate the closure timetable of nuke units 3 and 4.

Member countries of the European Union regard reactors 3 and 4 potentially dangerous and want them shut down by 2006. The vision is widely opposed in Bulgaria.
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