22 January 2021
The Bulgarian Council of Ministers, at a gathering on 20 January, permitted plans offered by the Minister of Power to assemble a seventh unit on the Kozloduy nuclear energy plant utilizing Russian-supplied tools bought for the Belene venture. The minister famous discussions have been held with Westinghouse of the USA to assemble the unit.
The assembly of the cupboard on 20 January (Picture: Council of Ministers)
Through the assembly, Power Minister Temenuzhka Petkova recalled that on 18 October final 12 months the Council of Ministers took a choice giving a mandate to the Kozloduy plant to enter into negotiations with US corporations which are growing the most recent nuclear vitality expertise. The purpose, she mentioned, was to search for a chance to implement Kozloduy unit 7 based mostly on the Nuclear Regulatory Company’s approval of the positioning and the efficient environmental influence evaluation (EIA) for the venture. A working group of consultants from the Kozloduy plant and worldwide consultants was shaped. Their report – which concluded it’s economically, environmentally and technically potential for the Belene tools for use for a brand new unit at Kozloduy – was accomplished on 19 January.
The vitality ministry, Petkova mentioned, has held discussions with Westinghouse on the development of a unit at Kozloduy that will make most use of Russian tools that Bulgaria has already bought for the proposed Belene plant. That tools is price some BGN1.three billion (USD810 million).
“In the midst of the group’s work, talks had been held, correspondence was exchanged, together with with colleagues from Westinghouse, as there are three permitted EIA applied sciences. One expertise is the American one for AP1000 reactors, the opposite two are Russian applied sciences, that are the reactors for the Belene nuclear energy plant,” Petkova mentioned.
“With our report we’ve got given the chance to make a reasoned, cautious and knowledgeable determination about the way forward for our vitality,” mentioned Nasko Mihov, government director of the Kozloduy plant. “This venture shouldn’t be simple both, however with good organisation we will launch a brand new unit inside ten years.”
Approving the report, the cupboard referred to as on the Power Minister to organise the preparation of a monetary mannequin and a authorized evaluation for the brand new possibility. As well as, the minister should proceed learning the probabilities for setting up a brand new plant utilizing small modular reactors.
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov described the report as a superb technique, which incorporates necessary and fast steps for motion on the venture.
“These are extraordinarily necessary infrastructure initiatives that assure nationwide safety, vitality safety and diversification,” Borissov mentioned. “As well as, they use the tools paid for by the state and the taxpayers for the Belene plant. I believe that after the seventh, we are going to go to the eighth reactor.”
Bulgaria’s two working Russian-designed VVER-1000 nuclear reactors at Kozloduy – models 5 and 6 – generate about one-third of the nation’s electrical energy. The models are licensed to function till 2027 and 2028, respectively.
The Belene venture in northern Bulgaria consists of building of two 1000 MWe models, every utilizing the Russian VVER-1000/V-466 design. Preliminary web site works started in 2008, and contracts for parts together with massive forgings and I&C programs had been signed with suppliers, however the venture was stymied by financing issues and was suspended in 2012. In 2019, the nation’s authorities invited strategic funding within the venture.
Researched and written by World Nuclear Information