Belene

Belene nuclear power plant? Construction of the Belene NPP started in 1985. The project was halted in 1991, and finally dropped in 1992 due to its environmental and economic risks. In 2003, however, the Bulgarian government restarted the project and in 2006, it decided to build two completely new reactors at the Belene site. The tender for construction was won by a consortium of the Russian firm Atomstroyexport and the French / German Areva NP to build an AES-92 nuclear power station with two VVER 1000/466B reactors. This is the first of a kind reactor that has no operational record elsewhere in the world. The Environmental Impact Assessment report was finished in November 2004 – long before the reactor type was fixed – and has since then been subject to court procedures.
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Bulgarian Parliament Confirms Decision to Scrap Belene N-Plant

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bulgaria's Parliament confirmed Wednesday the country's decision to abandon the Belene nuclear power plant project.

The vote was prompted by a recent referendum on the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the country.

Under the law, the recent referendum results imposed for the Belene NPP to be put back on the Parliament's agenda, as voter turnout slightly exceeded 20%. 61% of the voters said "yes" to the construction of a new nuclear power plant; 39% cast a "no" ballot.

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Bulgaria Lashes Out at Russia over Increased Belene NPP Claim

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bulgarian Finance Minister Simeon Djankov has reacted strongly to Russia's increased claim against Bulgaria's National Electric Company over the country abandoning the Belene NPP project.

On Tuesday, Rosatom subsidiary Atomstroyexport increased its claim to EUR 1 B. The case of Bulgaria having to reimburse Atomstroyexport for scrapping plans to build a second Nuclear Power Plant in the Danube town of Belene is tried by the International Court of Arbitration in Paris.

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Bulgaria abandons Belene nuclear plant plans

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

SOFIA, March 28 (Reuters) - Bulgaria has abandoned plans to build the 2,000 megawatt Belene nuclear power plant on the Danube River and will construct a new gas power plant instead, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Wednesday.

The Belene project has failed to attract serious foreign investors in the past three years after Germany's RWE pulled out in 2009 due to funding concerns.

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WikiLeaks: Russia's Nuclear Projects Abroad 'Fantasy', Belene Included - US Ambassador

Friday, August 26, 2011

Russia's state nuclear company Atomstroyexport – which is technically supposed to build Bulgaria's Belene NPP – is facing severe shortages, according to a freshly leaked diplomatic cable of the US ambassador in Moscow.

The cable by John Beyrle, US Ambassador to Russia who was the US Ambassador to Bulgaria before going to Moscow, dated April 3, 2009, was released Thursday by WikiLeaks and their Bulgarian partner Bivol.bg.

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Wikileaks: Russian Blackmail and Energy Mafia Surround Russian Energy Projects in Bulgaria

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bulgarians "risk being cold" this winter if the government did not move forward with the Russian energy projects. This is what Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin said, off-the-record, to his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borisov, during the summit in Gdansk in September, 2009. The tone of the sentence in question is not clear, we cannot judge if it was threatening enough, but obviously it seriously impressed Borisov in order for him to report it in a timely manner and for Putin’s words to find their place in the classified documents of the American diplomacy.

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Rosatom could exit Belene nuclear plant project

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Russian nuclear power engineering company Atomstroyexport has advised its owner, state power corporation Rosatom, to drop Bulgaria's Belene nuclear power project, French daily La Tribune reported, citing a letter that Atomstroyexport sent to its parent.

Rosatom told Dnevnik it would not comment on the letter as it was an internal document and the company was yet to decide whether to exit the project. The proposed withdrawal would be considered a possibility only if Rosatom failed to sign its 12th consecutive agreement with Bulgaria, the company said.

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Wikileaks: Cables Raise Questions about Bulgaria's Belene

Monday, December 20, 2010

While RWE insisted that its withdrawal from the project, which has yet to get off the ground, was due entirely to financial concerns, the February 2009 secret US embassy cable indicates that safety concerns and shady business practices by other partners were a factor in the German firm's decision to leave in October 2009.

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Austria Shows Interest in Bulgaria's Nuclear Plant Project

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Austrian companies have shown interest in taking part in the project to build a second Bulgarian Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in the Danube town of Belene.

The information was reported Tuesday by Dr. Michael Angerer, Commercial Counsellor with Austrian Embassy in Bulgaria, during a conference dedicated to the competitiveness of Bulgaria's economy.

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Serbia Confirms Interest in Bulgaria's Nuclear Plant

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Serbia has officially stated its interest in becoming one of the investors in Bulgaria's project to build a second Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in the Danube town of Belene.

The official letter was sent to Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, from his Serbian counterpart, Mirko Cvetcovic.

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Bulgaria Secures German Investor for Belene Nuclear Plant Energy

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bulgarian Parliament Chair Tsacheva has made promising hints about the fate of the Belene nuclear power plant. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian will for sure build its second nuclear power plant at Belene, Parliament Chair Tsetska Tsacheva has declared.

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