Bulgaria Increases Pressure to Reopen 2 Nuke Reactors

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Bulgaria will try to push the European Commission to let it reopen two nuclear units closed due to safety concerns, Energy Minister Rumen Ovcharov said on Friday.

In an interview for Reuters, he was adamant that if not, the country will seek to raise the EUR 570 M offered by Brussels to help pay for mothballing four of Kozloduy's six reactors to EUR 1 B as compensation.

The Balkan country agreed to shut down two 440 MW nuclear reactors at its Kozloduy plant at the end of 2006 ahead of its entry into the bloc on January 1.

Now, using its new EU member status and pointing to reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency that say upgrades have improved safety levels at the plant, Sofia has revived hopes to overcome concern among older EU members and restart the units.

"There is a heavy power regime in Albania," Minister Ovcharov said. There are serious power shortages in Macedonia and Kosovo ... The Commission cannot turn a blind eye to that," he added.

Bulgaria will bring the issue up at the meeting of energy ministers next month, the minister said, "and only after that will we think about compensation."

Until now the leading power exporter in South Eastern Europe, Bulgaria has warned of a potential energy crisis in the region, where it covers 80% of the power deficit.

It exported a record 7.8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2006 but plans almost no exports this year because of the shutdowns.

Analysts say its chances of re-opening the units are slim, as Brussels has taken a hard line on shutting down Soviet-designed reactors in ex-communist Slovakia and Lithuania, which joined the EU in 2004.
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#7
Jerry - 26 Jan 2007 // 16:51:34

I am shocked at the attitude and the ignorance of the Bulgarian Public and its awareness to the climate conditions in Bulgaria and the region of the Balkans.

The Impacts of Climate Changes in Bulgaria and the Balkans is astounding for example Rising Sea Levels, Strong Winds and Powerful Storm Surges similar to hurricane winds in Sofia. These climate conditions will surely affect a nuclear plant in Bulgaria that is aged, lacking technology and high ignorance in climatology.

Cooling waters are always needed for a nuclear plants positioned near river, sea and ocean without consideration of CLIMATE CHANGES THAT IS EVER CHANGING.

The continuation of carbon omissions increasing temperatures, precipitation in the winter and dry weather in the summer concluding with heavy wind surges and storms reveals that the Bulgarians either stay in their homes or are deadly asleep.

Where is Greenpeace who have made studies in Brazil and Argentina disclosing the fears of nuclear power in the most sensitive environmental areas in the world?

In the Antarctic, the Bulgarian research team is asleep in their igloos or watching the penguins and the albatrosses.

Is it Bulgarian Nuclear or Bulgarian "No Clear" and ignorant.

#6
Jerry - 22 Jan 2007 // 13:33:46

We need to know what will Bulgaria represent to the World Bank through its Planning, Infrastructure with Sustainability, Long Term Sector Planning, Quality of Life Definitions, Dignity for the Population, Protection for Women, Children, Minority Groups, Poverty, Food Security and Public Health, Environmental Awareness.

CO2 Exchange through Emerging Economies for the Balkans.

Let us begin Sofia, Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Varna and Pleven. Sofia is the PILOT PROJECT with TRANSPARENCY.

The Bulgarian Landfills and Waste Management without an alternative energy program is suicide and related with the aforementioned.

Why Nuclear??????

#5
Jerry - 21 Jan 2007 // 02:39:55

Let us think of more Bulgarian Ecological Reserves with an ISO 14.000/14.001 classification.

The Organic Waste for renewable energy and let us not forget soil recuperation from the garbage dumps.

We need to set an example in renewable energy for the Balkans.

An articulated policy is needed.

#4
Jerry - 19 Jan 2007 // 14:13:35

Now the World Bank has entered in the arena for Bulgarian Development Process.

The Energy Program should be a Private and Governmental mix for the development process.

Let us not forget the Reform Process for the GOVERNMENT.

Let us watch closely the EU/Balkan Development Process with the World Bank.

We have to watch the Bulgarian "Ali Baba and the Seven Thieves" syndrom in Bulgarian Transparency.

#3
Jerry - 17 Jan 2007 // 14:22:04

Since Bulgaria has become European and with an European Governmental flair and culture it seems Bulgaria should begin to understand concepts that are not brute and gross and look closely at environmental technologies and environmental solutions, contaminated land and its remediation, energy efficiency, energy management and renewable forms, water and effluent solutions.

Why Atomic Energy for Public Use?

We need answers from our European President of Bulgaria. Hable Espanol o Cirilico.

#2
Jerry - 15 Jan 2007 // 15:13:38

Bulgaria should look closely at the Spanish Alternative Energy Program and look closely at the cities of Barcelona and Madrid Biomass Recycling Programs.

One visit by the Mayor of Sofia to these installations is very important.

#1
Jerry - 13 Jan 2007 // 20:08:58

Why go Atomic?

The Bulgarian Garbage Dumps are overflowing with Biomass and Alternative Energy.

It seems Bulgaria should prepare an Alternative Energy Program for the Balkan Region as an example in CO2 reduction and not increasing nuclear waste from hard water.

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