Bulgaria to demand compensation for two reactors’ closure

Publish date: December 8, 2003

Bulgaria would demand 1.7 billion euro for the closure of the two nuclear reactors of the Kozloduy nuclear power plant.

The Bulgarian Energy minister announced this in Sofia, RIA Novosti reported. The Soviet designed reactors no.3 and no.4 of VVER-440 type have 880 MW total capacity. They were put in opearation eight years after the first two Kozloduy reactors, which are closed down. In November experts of the European Commission executed the planned peer review on units 3 and 4 of the nuclear power plant in Kozloduy. Antonio Madonna, head of the special EU mission to Bulgaria said that all EU recommendations concerning the safety of the plant have been met. The European Union allowed the reactors no.3 and 4 to operate until 2006. After that the EU Ministers’ Council will decide the destiny of these two reactors. The 1,000 MW Reactors no. 5 and no.6 satisfy the safety requirements of the European Union. The Kozloduy NPP generates 40% of the Bulgarian electricity.

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