Bulgaria Resumes Second N-Plant Construction Works in 2004

Business | February 13, 2004, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Construction works at the site of N-plant Belene will be resumed till end of 2004, Bulgaria's Energy Minister Milko Kovachev announced on Friday.

For that purpose, June is the deadline for selecting the technology for the Belene's N-units operation, he stated. The Bulgarian authorities have to choose between the Canadian CANDU, proposed by the Canadian state company Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL), and Russia's BBEP 1000, applied at Kozloduy's 5th and 6th units.

Last year Bulgaria's Cabinet lifted the ban on the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear plant. The project was shelved in 1992 after pressure from environmentalists.

Its launch is part of Bulgaria's efforts to keep its stance of a Balkan energy leader. It is promoted by Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg as an alternative to the closure of units 3, 4 of Bulgaria's Nuclear Power plant Kozloduy in 2006, which triggered a heated debate and pressure from both opposition and society.
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