Bulgaria Energy Commission Votes Yes on Reactivation of NPP Units 3 and 4

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The Bulgarian Parliamentary Energy Commission voted yes on the reactivation of Units 3 and 4 of the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) "Kozloduy", the Bulgarian information agency BGNES reported Tuesday.

With 10 votes for, two against ,and without any abstaining members, the Commission decided during an emergency meeting to submit their decision for discussions by the Members of the Parliament.

The Commission members were appraised by the Bulgarian Energy Minister Petar Dimitrov on the situation in the country in the aftermath of the gas conflict between Russia and the Ukraine.

Dimitrov explained that if Bulgaria would submit a request with the European Commission (EC) for the reactivation of Units 3 and 4 of the NPP, the EC must make their decision known in a 5-day period. If Brussels agrees on the reactivation, one Unit could function for 5 months and collect BGN 130 in revenues, the Energy Minster explained, adding that the EC could decide to assist Bulgarian in other ways such as financing of projects to seek alternative suppliers or financing of the expansion of the Chiren gas storage facility.

The representatives of the National Movement for Stability and Progress and the of the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria declared that they were against the reactivation of the NPP's Units.

Bulgaria suffered catastrophic losses over the gas crisis in the amount of BGN 170 M until now, Dimitrov informed, appealing to the Commission's members to support the decision for the reactivation of Units 3 and 4.
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CJB - 20 Jan 2009 // 22:10:41

"And where does the nuclear fuel comes from?!"

Good question. In fact it is not at all clear where exactly the fuel for BG's reactors comes from, as there have been allegations of corruption and fraud related to the purchase of said fuel.

NPP Employee Suspects Nuclear Fuel Fraud
14 July 2008, Monday

There is a possibility that a corruption scheme for the supply of nuclear fuel was created at the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) "Kozloduy", according to statements made before Darik radio by Georgi Kotev.

Kotev is an employee of the NPP and had initially made his accusations through a popular video clips Internet site.

According to the NPP employee beginning in 2004, "Kozloduy" might have been importing recycled fuel instead of new one and the NPP's top management has been personally profiting from the price difference.


Taro - 20 Jan 2009 // 20:17:33

And where does the nuclear fuel comes from?!

Right, Russia!!!


xNELLIEx - 20 Jan 2009 // 17:37:12

"Yeah, f*ck nuclear safety, BG gov just wants CASH!"

The two are not mutually exclusive. You can have both. A win-win situation. In the face of a nuclear disaster, what good is money going to do you? Slim to none.

CJB - 20 Jan 2009 // 16:54:59

"If Brussels agrees on the reactivation, one Unit could function for 5 months and collect BGN 130 in revenues, the Energy Minster explained"

Yeah, f*ck nuclear safety, BG gov just wants CASH!

BSP, MRF, Simeoncho met and were unanmous: "Quick, let's get a hundred mill or so in easy cash to hand over to our friends and relatives before we are kicked out at the elections!"

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