Russia Eyes Completing Czech N-Plant after Bulgarian Rejection

Energy | June 21, 2012, Thursday // 12:35|  views

Head of Russia`s nuclear corporation Rosatom, Sergei Kirienko. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Russia's state owned energy company Rosatom considers investing the money that became available after Bulgaria dropped the Belene Nuclear Power Plant in a Czech nuclear project instead.

Rosatom head Sergey Kiriyenko has told ITAR-TASS that the deadline for the tender to complete the construction of the Temelin nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic ends on July 2.

Currently, Rosatom's main priority is the construction of a nuclear power plant in Turkey. Kiriyenko has revealed. However, he has added that "the money that became available after Bulgaria's decision not to construct Belene may be used in the Czech Republic."

The Temelin nuclear power plant went into commercial operation in 2002, more than twenty years after the former Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak government signed an agreement on its construction in 1981, RIA Novosti has reminded.

The plant currently operates two units with an aggregate capacity of 2,000 MW. The Czech government plans to build another two reactors at the plant.

The Bulgarian government has decided to install the 1000 MW reactor that Rosatom subsidiary Atomstroyexport has almost completely produced for Belene in its sole nuclear power plant, Kozloduy.

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Tags: Belene, Nuclear Power Plant, Rosatom, Atomstroyexport, temelin, czech. czech republic, reactor, Sergey Kiriyenko


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