Romanian Media: Bulgaria's Belene NPP Project Hazardous

Business » ENERGY | March 17, 2011, Thursday // 14:25
Bulgaria: Romanian Media: Bulgaria's Belene NPP Project Hazardous ) A file picture dated 03 September 2008 of a worker during the launch of the project for the construction of a building of the first 1,000 MW unit of the second nuclear plant of Belene. By EPA/BGNES

The Bulgarian Belene NPP project is unsafe and that is why the German RWE company has canceled its participation in it, according to the Romanian Jurnalul National daily.

The paper has cited information from WikiLeaks diplomatic cables, which state that "RWE abandoned plans to participate in the construction of a 2000MW nuclear plant in the Bulgarian Danube town of Belene after realizing that working with Russian and Bulgarian companies in the energy sector is a 'poisonous combination' for European investment."

The future Belene NPP will be situated in a seismically active zone, near the Romanian town of Zimnicea, where a devastating earthquake in 1977 killed 120 people, the Romanian media points out

On Wednesday, the European Green Party reinstated it was firmly against the Bulgarian Belene Nuclear Power Plant project, as its co-leader, Rebecca Harms, said.

"I haven't a clue why the European Commission gave a positive assessment to the Belene project, as it is situated in a seismically active region," Harms told the Bulgarian Darik Radio. She demanded that EC should cancel the positive assessment.

Also on Wednesday, Bulgaria's Energy and Economy Ministry declared it did not accept the Russian offer of EUR 6.3 B for the construction of the Belene nuclear power plant by Rosatom's subsidiary Atomstroyexport, Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov declared.

Traikov responded briefly to statements made in Sofia earlier on Wednesday by senior Rosatom and Atomstroyexport executives that EUR 6.3 B is the final price demanded by the Russian side for the Belene NPP, and that Rosatom will consider the project practically dead if the respective state companies do not sign a new agreement by the end of March.

On Tuesday EU Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger declared that Bulgaria's project to build a second nuclear power plant, the Belene NPP, must be re-examined.

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