Bulgarian Cabinet to Nod Belene Nuke Building

Business | April 7, 2005, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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The Parliament is to adopt a decision for building a second Bulgarian nuclear power plant on Thursday.

The Parliament's official approval is required by the Nuclear Energy Safety Law. This would guarantee to future investor that cabinet backs the project, according to Energy Minister Miroslav Sevlievski.

The project envisages building of a up to 2,000-MW reactor using so called light water technology.

The fact that Bulgaria will need about 2,800-MW power capacity in future is the main motive for building a second nuclear power plant in the country, according to government.

Bulgaria has revived a controversial plan to build a second nuclear power plant on the Danube River a decade after it was dropped amid protests from environmentalists.

In the late 1980s Bulgaria spent USD 1.3 B on infrastructure and foundations at the Danube-located Belene for a 1,000- MW reactor, supplied by then Czechoslovakia. It would cost another USD 3 B to complete the project by 2010, according to energy ministry's estimates.
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