Clinton Congratulates Bulgaria on Quitting Belene N-Project

Business » ENERGY | April 1, 2012, Sunday // 19:57| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Clinton Congratulates Bulgaria on Quitting Belene N-Project US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference after she attended `The Second Conference of the Group of the Syrian People` summit in Istanbul, Turkey, 01 April 2012. Photo by EPA/BGNES

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has congratulated Bulgaria on scrapping plans to build the 2,000 megawatt Belene nuclear power plant on the Danube River.

Hillary Clinton welcomed the decision of the Bulgarian government at a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov in the framework of "The Second Conference of the Group of the Syrian People' summit in Istanbul, Turkey.

Clinton said she is well aware how tough this decision has been to take.

The statement is sure to fuel the wrath of Bulgaria's Socialists, who argue that the decision to scrap plans to build Belene nuclear power plant is a catastrophic mistake, taken under US pressure.

Bulgaria's government announced on Wednesday it has abandoned plans to build a new, 2000 megawatt nuclear power plant on the Danube River for which it has contracted Russian state firm Atomstroyexport.

The government has proposed that a gas-powered plant is built on the site in Belene.

Environmentalists had opposed the plant, which had first been proposed when Bulgaria was under communist rule.

Originally two reactors were to have been built for the site by Russian company Atomstroyexport, and one of them has already been constructed.

The Bulgarian government has proposed that it is installed at the country's sole nuclear power plant of Kozloduy.

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