China Mulls Participation in Bulgarian Nuclear Power Plant - Report

Energy | May 10, 2010, Monday // 20:42|  views

Bulgaria has stopped construction of its second nuclear power plant until it finds a new investor and funds to complete the project. Photo by BGNES

China and Serbia are considering a joint participation in the project to build a second Nuclear Power Plant in Bulgaria’s Danube town of Belene, according to a Serbian minister.

The news was reported Monday by the Serbian radio B92, citing the Serbian Minister of Energy and Mining, Petar Skundric, who is on a visit to China.

Skundric had said after meeting the Chinese Deputy Commerce Minister, Gao Hucheng, that if the two countries reach a final agreement for the revitalization of blocks B1 and B2 of the Kostolac Thermoelectric Power Plant (TPP) this would create favorable conditions for joint participation in new energy projects.

Hucheng, on his part, had voiced deep satisfaction from the talks about “collaboration in the nuclear energy system of a third country.”

In their report B92 reminded that Serbia confirmed it interest in Belene during the recent trip of Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, to Belgrade.

In the beginning of February, China and Serbia signed a preliminary contract on power station cooperation including the revitalization of the two existing blocks B1 and B2 of the Kostolac TPP, each of 350 MW capacity, and increasing capacities of the open pit Drmno to 12 million tons of lignite per year, with the construction of the new block B3, by the turnkey system.

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Tags: Belene, Gao Hucheng, Petar Skundric, NPP, China, Serbia


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