Second Nuclear Plant Looming on Bulgarian Horizon till 2009

Business | March 1, 2004, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg is likely to sign a decree for resuming construction works at the site of second Bulgarian N-plant in Belene till end of May, Chairman of Parliamentary Energy Commission Vesselin Bliznakov said on Monday.

As soon as it happens, tenders for the design and building of the nuclear facilities will be opened. Bliznakov projected that construction works in Belene will take as much as four years and the new n-plant will have a capacity to function at least 4 decades.

According to Vesselin Bliznakov, the construction works will benefit the economic development of the whole Danube-long region, considering the costs of nearly EUR 1 B.

Last week the Energy Ministry presented to the parliamentary commission a report backing up Bulgaria's need to have a second nuclear plant. Vesselin Bliznakov set the capacity of the new n-facilities at approximately 600-1000 mWh.

The government decided to resume construction of the Belene nuclear power plant on the Danube River, some 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Sofia, in 2003. The project has been mothballed back in 1990 under pressure from eco groupings.

A US company is engaged in drafting an expert report on the advantages of each of two technologies - Canadian and Russian - proposed by international bidders.

Bulgaria has the options to buy a CANDU heavy water reactor, proposed by the Atomic Energy of Canada, and a pressurized-water reactor of the VVER type to be built by an international consortium including US Westinghouse, France's Framatome, Russia's Atomexportstroy and Czech Skoda.
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