Russia Bids for Bulgaria's Second N-Plant Construction

Business | March 24, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Russia will bid for the construction of second Bulgarian Nuclear plant at Belene, according to Russia's Deputy Minister of Nuclear Energy Vladimir Asmolov.

The new Bulgarian plant will be equipped with two VVER-1000 nuclear reactors, Russian news agency RIA Novosti informed.

The operating Bulgarian N-plant at Kozloduy has two Russian reactors of that type, decommissioned upon demand from the European Commission.

June is the deadline for selecting the technology for the Belene's N-units operation. Besides Russia's VVER-1000, the Bulgarian authorities have been offered the Canadian CANDU by the Canadian state company Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL).

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.
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