Bulgaria "Should Close Nuke Units 3,4 After Building Second N-Plant"

Politics | July 15, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria should wait for its second nuclear power plant in the town of Belene to be built before closing Units 3,4 of the country's only present N-plant in the town of Kozloduy. That was recommended by a workgroup that Bulgaria's Council of Ministers set to study possible results of early closure of units 3 and 4.

If Bulgaria would close the two units 2006 it will suffer a loss of some USD 1.6 B, the report of the workgroup said. The report also calls for additional funding from the European Union (EU).

Construction of the N-plant in Belene will start in 2004, Bulgaria's Energy Minister Milko Kovachev said in June.

Bulgarian government has agreed to close the two 440-megawatt units by 2006 under pressure from the EU. However, Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov urged that the peer review on units 3,4 is conducted in October or November 2003, so that the results are known by the end of the year.
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