About 100 Bulgarians gathered to the construction site of Belene NPP Monday, one day before the anniversary of the Chernobyl NPP disaster on April 26, 1986.
Protesters described the Belene NPP project as a "factory for lies and corruption and a Trojan horse for Russian interests in Bulgaria."
They also asked for more transparency on the project, including information regarding its economic effectiveness, and argued that the NPP is actually not needed....
Has BG considered the EPR(European Pressurized Reactor) Gen III design?
Initial cost estimates are around 4 Billion euro.
The issue here is not to allow emotions to outweigh facts.
Let's approach this subject from the point of view of what is best for Bulgaria.
Here are the topics worth addressing, as I see them:
1. Nuclear disasters are learning experiences from which better safety and design of nuclear reactors are produced.
2. Does the Russian technology of Gen III+ reactors constitute an enhancement and progress in terms of power generation and safety?
3. Are there better technologies for Bulgaria to consider(i.e. US/Westinghouse, French et al)?
4. Since there are a series of older NPPs in BG today (and as such safety and other considerations may already be less than optimum), shouldn't the addition of the latest and best in NPP design and safety features be an advantage for BG(allowing BG to decommission older, less efficient units with the latest and best at some point down the road)?
5. Finally, and most importantly, since BG is already an EU member - and an important energy player in the Balkan region - shouldn't the question of "to build or not to build" be best answered within the overall scheme of EU energy security targets? What do the EU energy partners have to say on the matter of BG NPP?
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