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Commenting article: Russia Energy Minister: Belene NPP Construction Starts in Spring

Russian Energy Minister, Sergei Shmatko, has revealed that Russia and Bulgaria have agreed to start the construction of the Belene nuclear power plant in Spring 2010.

Shmatko, cited by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, also said that Bulgaria would be presenting a model of financing its share of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis after the current environmental impact assessment.

On Friday it was revealed that Russia is going to grant Bulgaria a loan for the construction of the Belene NPP, after Bulgaria’s Minister of Economy, Energy, and Tourism, Traicho Traikov, met with Shmatko and the CEO of the Russian state company Rosatom in Sofia over the Bulgarian request for a EUR 2 B loan from Rosatom for the construction of the Plant.

cuckooben - 20 Feb 2010 // 20:18:35

In my opinion the pope is a catholic, Chernobyly will never happen again, and Bulgaria can obviously payback 2Billion ? leva should this thing ever get going along with all its megaton nannie's and helpers, and pesioners will be very pleased to have no pension to pay e-on for their "Tok" - when they could all have had solar panels for hot water and "Tok" for 5 or months months of the year. It all makes such good sense, to those who haven't managed to build a windmill which actually helps. It's so impressive though, the sheer weight of it !

NellieotAmerica - 20 Feb 2010 // 20:23:00

They did close Kozloduy. Belene is a new ball game. It will be paid for with the transport fees that Bulgaria is going to collect from Nabucco and South Stream. Russian money is just going to keep circulating.

cuckooben - 22 Feb 2010 // 11:59:17

This total madness and must be stopped !! I shal vote for ANY government which drops this project.

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