Bulgaria Submits Nuclear Plant Stress Test Report

Energy | January 5, 2012, Thursday // 10:05|  views

Kozloduy is Bulgaria's only Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by BGNES

The management of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency is submitting Thursday Bulgaria's national report on stress tests at the Nuclear Power Plant, NPP, "Kozloduy" and for the NPP "Belene" project.

Following the accident at earthquake-stricken Japanese NPP "Fukushima," all European nuclear plants were mandated to make similar stress checks to identify measures to improve safety.

Already in November 2011, the Executive Director of NPP Kozloduy, Alexander Nikolov, announced in an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, some of the recommendations in the report. One of them provides for Kozloduy to draw up a plan how they will act if there is a break in the wall of the hydrologic system "Zhelezni Vrata" (Iron Gate), which is 250 km from the Bulgarian NPP, on the Serbian-Romanian border.

Formally "Belene" is not mandated to conduct such checks, but assessment with the methodology and scope of European stress tests has been done anyway. The report results will be used in the licensing process for the approval of the project.

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