Bulgaria To Start Building Belene Nuke in 2009 - Official

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

(Novinite) Bulgaria will be able to start construction works on the planned Belene nuclear power plant no sooner than 2009, the head of the country's nuclear regulator said on Monday.

The regulator is yet to rule on the technical details of the project and the proposed safety measures, said Sergey Tsochev, who chairs Bulgaria's Nuclear Regulation Agency.

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Environmental oranisations condemn EC opinion on Belene NPP

Monday, December 10, 2007

18:05 Mon 10 Dec 2007 - Rene Beekman

Environmental organisations Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Europe, Urgewald, Bankwatch, WISE and the Bulgarian NGO coalition BeleNE! condemned on December 10 the European Commission´s (EC) favourable opinion on the Belene nuclear power project (NPP) in Bulgaria, a media statement by the organisations said.

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EU says favours new Bulgarian nuclear power plant

Friday, December 7, 2007

Fri Dec 7, 2007 2:13pm GMT

BRUSSELS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The European Commission gave a green light o the construction of a new, 4-billion-euro ($5.82 billion) nuclear power plant in Bulgaria with capacity of 2,000 megawatts, it said on Friday.

"The Commission has decided today to give a favourable opinion to the initiative of Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania (NETC) of Bulgaria to build a new nuclear power plant at the site of Belene," the EU executive said in a statement.

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Bulgaria Nuclear Debate Resumes

Friday, December 7, 2007

Sofia - Opponents of Bulgaria’s controversial planned nuclear power station at Belene have asked the European Commission to oppose its construction, according to Bulgarian media reports on Monday.Work on building two 1,000 megawatts reactors at Belene, near Bulgaria’s northern border with Romania, was initially approved in 1981, but the construction project was abandoned in 1990 when many communist-era investment projects were reviewed.

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Albania's Atomic Ambitions

Friday, December 7, 2007

The government's goal for a planned nuclear power plant is to make the country an energy superpower, but it may do little to help present shortages

by Besar Likmeta - A government-backed proposal to build a nuclear power plant in Albania has made Iran envious, the Italians interested, and the Greeks worried. But for many Albanians, the initiative is just the latest piece of rhetoric from a political class that seems unable to solve the puzzle of a deep energy crisis.

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Units 5-6 of NPP Kozlodui Among the World's Best

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Blaga Bangieva (News.bg, 30.11.2007) - The modernization of units 5 and 6 of nuclear power plant Kozlodui costs 491 million EUR, stated Ivan Genov, executive director of the association on a meeting in Kozlodui by the occasion of the 20th anniversary of unit 5.

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Kozloduy sells 80% electricity directly to companies

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Mon 03 Dec 2007 - Rene Beekman, SOFIA ECHO

Kozloduy nuclear power plant (NPP) sold close to 530 megawatts electricity on the free market, of which only 80 megawatts went to the National Electricity Company (NEC).

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Atomstroyexport in talks to build nuclear plant in Belarus

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

MOSCOW, November 26 (RIA Novosti) - Atomstroyexport, Russia's nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly, has begun talks on building a nuclear power plant in Belarus, the company's first vice president said on Monday.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced in October that his country would build a nuclear plant to ensure energy security.

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Nuclear ambitions fan controversy in Bulgaria

Monday, November 5, 2007

SOFIA: As governments around the world struggle to secure energy supplies, cut carbon emissions and adapt to rising oil prices, Bulgaria has adopted an ambitious solution: Construct a new nuclear power plant, the country’s second, near the northern town of Belene, across the Danube from Romania.

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Bulgaria Doubles State Guarantees for Belene Nuke Construction

Monday, October 22, 2007

18 October 2007, Thursday

PM Stanishev (left) and Finance Minister Oresharski (right) have both backed the project to the hilt so far, and Bulgaria's low foreign debt allows the cabinet to underwrite the loans.

Bulgaria's cabinet decided on Monday to double the amount of debt it is willing to guarantee for the construction of the country's second nuclear power plant at Belene.

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