Russian, Canadian Technology Mulled for Bulgaria's 2nd N-plant

Business | December 22, 2003, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Two plans for the construction of the new Nuclear Power Plant Belene will be presented to the Cabinet by Energy Minister Kovachev, it emerged on Monday. They are based on the Canadian technology CANDU and Russia's BBEP 1000.

The two options have been selected after an analysis of the consultative council over the preparations of the new n-plant construction.

Canadian state company Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) is one of the five companies, which confirmed their interest officially in the construction of the new Nuclear Power Plant Belene. Along with Russian Atomstroyexport, American Westinghouse, French Framatom, Czech Skoda, the company submitted a principal bid for Belene construction at the beginning of April.

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.

Its launch is part of Bulgaria's efforts to keep its position of a Balkan energy leader. It is promoted by Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg as an alternative to the closure of units 3, 4 of Bulgaria's Nuclear Power plant Kozloduy in 2006, which triggered a heated debate and pressure from the opposition and the society.
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