Russian, Czech Bids for New Bulgarian Nuke Separate

Business | February 16, 2006, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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At present a unification of the Czech and Russian offers for the building of Bulgaria's new Belene Nuclear Power Plant is not an option, Economy and Energy Minister Rumen Ovcharov has said.

Ovcharov, who is in Prague, accompanying PM Sergey Stanishev for a work visit, announced this on Thursday after meeting with representatives of one of the bidders - Cezch Skoda consortium.

It is true that Russian Gazprom, one of the other companies whose offer was also accepted for viewing, is a big shareholder in the Skoda Nuclear company, one of the three firms forming the Czech consortium, the Minister said. The Skoda representatives, however, have assured Ovcharov that the offer is entirely Czech, and have shown him the paperwork to prove it.

The Skoda offer will rival the Russian one in every aspect and will present an alternative to it, Ovcharov has added.
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