Belene Nuke Plant Bidder Stakes on Proven Safety

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Belene Nuke Plant Bidder Stakes on Proven Safety Czech consortium Skoda Alliance, one of the bidders in the tender for the design, construction and commissioning of two units at Bulgaria's second nuclear plant presented publicly its offer. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia News Agency)

Czech consortium Skoda Alliance, one of the bidders in the tender for the design, construction and commissioning of two units at Bulgaria's second nuclear plant presented publicly its offer.

Skoda Alliance offers a project with proven safety of highest level. The Czech consortium has based it offer on the conception of the Czech Temelin nuke plant, which boasts two VVER 1000 reactors. The consortium says that their bid would allow Bulgaria use a proven practice and technology. Although the offer is based on the Temelin practice Skoda Alliance plans to use some new decisions that are to meet the newest safety demands.

The Czech bidder is planning to use highly qualified subcontractors, vowing to work mainly with Bulgarian companies.

Skoda Alliance is a consortium of Czech companies: Skoda JS a.s., Skoda Praha and UJV Rez a.s. It offers to finance the project along with Citigroup, Zivonostenska banka a.s. and Ceska exportni banka. The bidder also announced that its project has attracted the attention of BNP Paribas, Komercni banka and Ceskoslovenska obchodni banka.

Two offers, each envisioning three variants, were submitted in the tender. The offers were publicly opened Wednesday. The bids of the Czech consortium and of the other contestant Russia's Atomstroyexport will be thoroughly assessed in term of six months.
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