N-plant in Bulgaria Starts Tender for Spent Fuel Storage

Business | January 13, 2003, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria's nuclear power plant Kozloduy started a tender procedure for the construction of a spent fuel dry storage. The containers of Kozloduy's two oldest units, which were decoupled from Bulgaria's energy grid on December 30 and December 31 respectively, will be stored there. Seventeen companies have already bought tender documents. The deadline for submitting offers expires on February 17. The cost of the construction is set at EUR 26 M, to be provided by the International Fund for Assisting Nuke Units 1 and 2 Decommissioning. The fund was set up under a credit agreement between Bulgaria and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. At the moment, Unit 1 of the Kozloduy N-plant is in its 23rd nuclear fuel cycle, and Unit 2 in its 24th fuel cycle. A nuclear fuel cycle corresponds approximately to one calendar year. The designed life of the reactors is 30 years. Experts say that the decommissioning of the units and the preparations for safe management of the radioactive facilities and waste will take five years, with the two phases running almost in parallel to each other. The closure of the two oldest units came after many years of concern over their safety, strong pressure from the European Union, protests from the nuclear lobby and opposition parties that the reactors are economically necessary.
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