Bulgaria to Send Spent Nuclear Fuel to Siberia

Publish date: October 14, 2003

A train full of spent nuclear fuel from Bulgaria should soon arrive at the Zheleznogorsk Mining and Chemical Combine in the Krasnoyarsk region in Central Siberia, reported.

The combine did not expect any shipments of spent nuclear fuel from Bulgaria this year, but because of an unpaid debt by Ukraine, the combine could suffer financial problems, and a decision was made for Zheleznogorsk to receive a part of the Bulgarian fuel originally destined for the Mayak reprocessing plant located in the Urals. This off-schedule delivery should save the Krasnoyarsk region’s budget $3.5m. Ukraine also is expected to pay its debt to the combine by the end of the year, adding $2.3m to the local budget. Bulgaria may send spent nuclear fuel one more time this year, reported.