Rosatom Head: Belene NPP Cancellation by Bulgaria Is Negligible Loss

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Bulgaria: Rosatom Head: Belene NPP Cancellation by Bulgaria Is Negligible Loss Rosatom chief Sergey Kirienko has termed the suspension of the Belene NPP as an insignifficant loss. Photo by BGNES

Sergey Kirienko has said that a potential decision of the Bulgarian authorities to quit the construction of the Belene NPP will not lead to significant losses for Rosatom.

"Given the total volume of orders of Rossatom, the suspension of one nuclear power plant project is an insignificant loss. However, quite some time and efforts went into the Belene NPP. Naturally, it would be a pity if the project was not implemented," the head of Russia's nuclear corporation Rosatom said in an interview for the ITAR-TASS news agency.

The nuclear energy chief explained that Russia's stance on the matter was firmly pragmatic.

"If Bulgaria decides to build Belene NPP, we shall build it. If Bulgaria does not need this project, then we shall not implement it," the Rossatom chief stated.

"Bulgaria, just like any other EU country, has the right to decide for itself how to secure its energy resources," said Marlene Holzner, Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger's spokeswoman, in an interview for the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA).

The EU energy commissioner's team announced that it was up to Bulgaria to decide where it would build a new reactor or a new power station, be it at the Belene site, at the Kozloduy NPP or somewhere else on its territory.

Regarding the submission of new projects with the EC, its representatives said that the plans had to go through four procedures, including an environmental impact assessment (EIA); a notification to the EC of a new investment project in the sphere of nuclear energy, an evaluation from Euratom about the risk of radioactive contamination of the air, soils or waters, of another EU country and a safety declaration based on the technical specifications.

According to the EC officials, there is no deadline for the EC's pronouncement on the submitted project.

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Tags: Rosatom, Nuclear Power Plant, Belene NPP, Kozloduy NPP, nuclear reactor, nuclear waste, European Commission, Marlene Holzner, Gunther Oettinger, EU Energy Commissioner
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