New N-Plant Candidate Contractors Submit Bids by June 27

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Candidates for a construction contractor of a nuclear power plant at the Danube river town of Belene may submit their bids to the National Electricity Transmission Company by June 27.

Talking at a press conference on Tuesday, Energy Minister Miroslav Sevlievski said the selected bidder will draft, construct and put into operations Units 1 and 2 of Belene nuclear power plant.

The public procurement announcement will be published within days in the Financial Times, Bulgarian national dailies and the State Gazette.

Ten international majors are expected to be among the candidates to submit competitive offers, according to Sevlievski. The offers will be evaluated by July 17.

The contract with the selected bidder is scheduled to be signed on January 23, 2006. The contractor is put into operation the first nuke unit five years after the signing ceremony.

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.

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.

The government gave the final go-ahead for Belene construction at the beginning of April this year, reviving the controversial plan that was mothballed amid environmentalists' protests.

It would cost another USD 3 B to complete the project for building a new plant of maximum capacity of 2000 megawatts, with two VVER-type reactors.

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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