Life Extension of Units 5, 6 of Kozloduy NPP Proceeds as Planned- Watchdog Chair

Business » ENERGY | January 21, 2015, Wednesday // 13:37
Bulgaria: Life Extension of Units 5, 6 of Kozloduy NPP Proceeds as Planned- Watchdog Chair Photo by BGNES

The life extension of units 5 and 6 of the Kozloduy nuclear power plant proceeds according to plan, according to Lachezar Kostov, Chair of the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (BNRA).

Kostov, as cited by investor.bg, informed that the BNRA had received all necessary documents for the procedure by November 2014 and had approved the life extension of the two N-plant units.

He said that parallel to that WorleyParsons was estimating whether the recommended measures were sufficient.

Kostov noted that the contract with the consultant was worth around BGN 150 000.

He made clear that WorleyParsons was expected to present its evaluation of the program by April 2015, adding that the life extension plans for the two N-plant units could include additional measures.

Kostov said that the Kozloduy NPP could launch the implementation of the plan approved by the BNRA immediately.

Borislav Stanimirov, Deputy Chair of BNRA, claimed that the life extension of the two N-plant units was a a purely technical question and there was no politics involved.

“The life extension permit is issued by national regulatory bodies only and it does not depend on the European Commission or on Russia,” Stanimirov emphasized.

As regards new capacity at the Kozloduy NPP, he declared that the BNRA had only issued a permit for site selection.

He informed that the BNRA had not received a request by "Kozloduy NPP- New Capacities", the project company established for the construction of unit 7 of the Kozloduy NPP, for the issuance of an order for the approval of the selected site.

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