Czech, Russian Bids for Belene Nuke Construction

Business | June 18, 2005, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Two consortiums - a Czech and a Russian one - will bid for a contract with Bulgaria's government to build a EUR 2 B nuclear plant, the energy ministry has said.

The two consortiums - one led by the Czech Skoda company and another by Russia's Atomstroyexport - were the only bidders that met the Friday deadline for acquiring tender papers, according to ministry's spokeswoman Tanya Gigova.

The applicants must submit their detailed offers of technical specifications and financial blueprints by July 17.

The bidders for the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear plant include an annual turnover of at least USD 5 B and previous experience in the construction and commissioning of water-pressurized nuclear units.

The construction of the Belene nuke, which has been frozen for more than a decade due to environmentalist protests, is expected to start operating in 2011 earliest.

The project which under preliminary estimates will cost some EUR 2 B have attracted the interest of two investors - Russia's RAO and Italy's Enel.

Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov has recently launched the idea that the construction of the nuclear plant should be undertaken by a public-private partnership with participation of all Balkan countries.
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