Russia Eyes New Unit at Bulgaria's Kozloduy Nuclear Plant

Energy | December 10, 2009, Thursday // 14:54|  views

Bulgaria's only nuclear plant Kozloduy has two 1,000 MW operating units left. Photo by BGNES

Russia has officially voiced its interest in the building of a seventh unit at Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant, the closure of which was one of the conditions for the country's EU accession.

“If the Bulgarian government opens a tender for an investor in the new nuclear facility, we will definitely take part in it,” Genadij Tepkyan, Vice President of Atomstroyexport told journalists in Sofia.

Bulgaria's new center-right government of GERB party announced at the end of November that it is considering the construction of a new 1 000 MW nuclear unit at Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant.

The Russian company is the second likely bidder for the new nuclear unit after at the end of last week the Special Envoy of the United States Secretary of State for Eurasian Energy, Richard Morningstar make it clear that American companies are interested in the development of nuclear energy in Bulgaria.

Bulgaria's only nuclear plant Kozloduy has two 1,000 MW operating units left since the closure of Soviet-designed reactors 1 to 4 was one of the conditions for its entry in the European bloc.

Hit worst by the current Russia-Ukraine gas dispute at the beginning of the year, Bulgaria was poised to restart one of the nuclear reactors at its Kozloduy nuclear power plant, but abandoned the idea when faced with vehement opposition by Brussels.

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Tags: Kozloduy NPP, European Union, Euopean Parliament, Council of the European Union, decommissioning, aid, compensation, Belene


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