Bulgaria's 2nd Nuke Gets IAEA Support

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Bulgaria's 2nd Nuke Gets IAEA Support The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Mohamed ElBaradei pledged that the agency would keep on assisting Bulgaria in the construction of the country's second nuke. Photo by www.irinews.ir

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) vowed its support to the Bulgarian nuclear energetics.

We shall continue to support the nuclear power industry in Bulgaria, IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said during his meeting with Bulgaria's Energy Minister Milko Kovachev at the 48th annual IAEA meeting in Vienna.

ElBaradei said that Sofia could rely on IAEA's expert and technical assistance in all the stages of the construction of the nuclear power plant in Belene. IAEA will continue to consult Bulgaria in preparing financial, economic and technical assessments and safety criteria in the project for a new plant, ElBaradei said.

Minister Kovachev presented to the IAEA's chief the procedures linked with the construction of the power plant. He has also acquainted ElBaradei with the tender for the election of a financial and technical consultant of the project.

Bulgaria's second nuclear plant in Belene was re-launched for construction after a government decision end of last year. It had been set to a halt in 1992 due to protests from environmentalists.
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