Canadian Bidder Quits Second N-Plant Tender

Business | September 6, 2004, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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The Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL), a potential bidder for the supply of Belene's nuclear units, has declared it quits plans to take part in the upcoming tender.

The Vice-President of AECL for South Eastern Europe Ala Alizade announced Monday that the company retreats from the public contest, as it doubted the transparency of procedures set by Bulgarian government.

The Canadian company has become hesitant over participating in the tender for the supply and construction of two nuclear units for the Belene plant after police launched probing into a letter describing an alleged corruption of Bulgarian officials concerning the tender.

The AECL considers that the government casts information overshadow of the tender, thus placing potential contenders at unequal positions.

The Atomic Energy of Canada is part of an international consortium interested in completing the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear power station at a Danube site near the town of Belene.

After the project was halted in 1992 over protest from environmentalists, the government ruled to resume its construction at the end of last year.

Besides AECL, Czech and Russian companies have declared their interest to bid for the power plant construction.
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