Bulgarian N-Plant Construction Faces Public Discussion

Business | April 15, 2004, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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The construction of the second N-plant in Belene will be launched for public discussion on May 4 in Sofia.

The restart of the plant project, its ecological and health impact are reviewed in the technical and business report prepared by the US contractor Parsons.

Among the scenarios of project development, a no-go option is also considered. In that case, the researcher estimates that Bulgaria would need additional 1,000-2,000 MWh power capacities.

The report points out the risks involved in the construction works for environment and human health.

The Parsons' report rules out the use of the Canadian-made Candu reactor favouring the Russian type VVER manufactured by AtomStroyExport, Skoda and Westinghouse. June is the deadline for selecting the technology for the Belene's N-units operation.

The building of the 1,000 MWh Soviet-designed Belene plant started in the 1980s. The project was shelved in 1992 after pressure from environmentalists with 40 percent of construction works worth of USD 1 B has already been completed.

Last year Bulgaria's Cabinet lifted the ban on the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear plant. The completion of the project will cost between EUR 1,5 B and 3 B.
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