Bulgaria Launches New N-Plant Contractor Tender

Business | May 7, 2005, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria will launch next week an international tender for equipment supplier and construction contractor of a nuclear power plant at the Danube river town of Belene.

The conditions and procedures of the tender will be fully in line with Bulgaria's legislation, Energy Minister Miroslav Sevlievski assured Saturday.

The price and economic sustainability of the offer will be the main criteria in selecting a preferred bidder.

Bulgaria has decided against a CANDU heavy water reactor, proposed by the Atomic Energy of Canada. The other two contenders are a group between France's Framatome, Russia's Atomexportstroy and, in a separate group, Czech Skoda, Citibank, Italy's Unicredito and Czech Komercni Banka.

The government gave the final go-ahead for Belene construction at the beginning of April, reviving the controversial plan after it was shelved amid environmentalists' protests.

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 a capacity of 2,000 megawatts.

Sevlievski, who took over the ministry in February after a government reshuffle, favours the establishment of a new company to own and run the plant.
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