Russian Units Tipped for Bulgaria's Second N-Plant

Business | March 9, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Preliminary results from the report on ecology impact of second Bulgarian n-plant Belene have revealed that the pressurized-water reactor, such as the Russian VVER, is better for equipment, Krassimir Nikolov, Chief of the Belene Construction Works Directorate, stated on Tuesday.

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.

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.
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