Bulgaria's New PM Hints of Reviving Belene N-Plant Project

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria's New PM Hints of Reviving Belene N-Plant Project Bulgaria's new Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.

Bulgaria’s newly sworn-in Prime Minister has stated that the country’s abandoned Belene nuclear power plant project may be revived.

PM Plamen Oresharski, who took oath of office Wednesday, told the Bulgarian National Television that he views Belene as “an economic project, and not a political one.”

He noted that a detailed analysis should be carried out before any conclusive decisions are made on the project,

According to Oresharski, fulfilling the project would be worth talking about only if its effectiveness is proven.

“Our ultimate goal is not to invest taxpayers’ money in Belene,” he also emphasized.
Oresharski, a non-partisan technocrat, was endorsed for PM by the left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party, which has been seen as a fervent proponent of the Bulgarian-Russian nuclear project.

The center-right government of former PM Boyko Borisov scrapped the project for the construction of Belene back in March 2012. The move led Russia's Rosatom to file a suit with an international arbitration court in Paris.

After it was first started in the 1980s, the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant at Belene on the Danube was stopped in the early 1990s over lack of money and environmental protests.

The Belene NPP has been de facto frozen since the fall of 2009 when the previously selected strategic investor, the German company RWE, which was supposed to provide EUR 2 B in exchange for a 49% stake, pulled out.

Borisov and his Cabinet resigned in February amidst mass protest rallies against unbearable utility bills and wide-spread poverty.

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Mephisto - 31 May 2013 // 14:17:35


we are told that Bulgaria is producing way too much electricity (in a Novinite article a few days ago), and now we are told that in order resolve this problem, Bulgaria needs probably...another N-plant in Belene.

Welcome to Bulgaria, where common sense has a break since many years...

longliner - 31 May 2013 // 14:11:45

Well, here is something for the protesters to get their teeth into. Just make clear that, if it is necessary, they will occupy the site with such numbers that all of the police in BG wil not be enough to clear them out (most of those are too fat for any physical effort anyway). No doubt the anti-nuclear lobby in the west will be only too glad to help and advice. Nobody in Europe wants another potential Chernobyl.

Tania OZ - 31 May 2013 // 02:37:01

I am going to scream if I hear about the Belene NPP "project" being revived again. It is not necessary to BG at all by any means. We already have a NPP. Why the hell do we need 2 NPP's in such a small country? I wonder how "independant" a PM Oresharski will be or whether he will be governed by the creepy Stanishev behind the scenes. Time will tell if he will be a real PM and not a puppet PM. I personally don't hold any confidence in Oresharski being an impartial and independant "non-partisan" leader.

Tania OZ - 31 May 2013 // 02:18:09

Oh yes definitely, "time to pay back their masters", Belene NPP has always been Stanishev's pet project and all connected to Russia.

And yes definitely, Stanishev was totally hysterical before the elections and in a state of panic, stooping to anything to get the socialists/commies back in power, also of course connected to Russia.

Longliner, I agree.

Stanishev reminds me of a "drag queen", all high drama and theatrics.

longliner - 30 May 2013 // 16:57:15

Anyone amazed? Stanisjev must get something for his support. Didn't you notice how hysterical he was before the elections? Obviously Putin was losing his patience.

Chushki - 30 May 2013 // 15:48:00

Its now time for the Commies, Islamists & Fascists to pay back their masters & the poor BG taxpayer picks up the bill....

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