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Russia pressures Bulgaria on Belene loan
The Bulgarian finance minister Simeon Dyankov has said that he will not authorise a state-guaranteed loan from Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom towards the financing of constructing the Belene nuclear power plant, following last week's negotiations on the deal between the two governments...
Mon, Feb 22 2010
Bulgaria is picking up the pieces of the Belene new reactor project and will shortly select a leading consultant. Work continues at the site, and the reactor technology is not expected to be reconsidered.
Thu, Jan 14 2010
Clean-up funds remain strong
Decommissioning of Soviet-era reactors in Bulgaria, Slovakia and Lithuania has been unaffected by the financial crisis, said contributors to the International Decommissioning Support Fund managed by the EBRD.
Mon, Dec 7 2009
New investment plan for Belene
RWE's departure from Bulgaria's new Belene nuclear plant put extra pressure on government to find new shareholders, while it redefines the scope of investment it needs.
Wed, Nov 25 2009
RWE pulls out of Belene
After a long period of uncertainty German utility RWE has finally abandoned a potential 49% investment in two new nuclear reactors in Bulgaria.
Wed, Oct 28 2009
Belene equipment contract for Russian companies
Russian engineering companies Power Machines and Atomenergoprom have signed a contract to supply major power generating equipment for a two-unit nuclear plant under construction in Bulgaria.
Tue, Oct 27 2009
Nuclear compensation victory for Bulgaria
Bulgaria has won an extension of financial support from the European Commission for the early shutdown of nuclear power reactors at Kozloduy.
Tue, Oct 27 2009
Start again at Belene
Bulgarian politicians are working to pull the Belene project 'out of the swamp' with a new financial framework while the search is on for missing money.
Thu, Oct 1 2009
New Bulgarian government to complete Belene
[Sofia News Agency, 8 July] The centre-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party, which won general elections in the country on 5 July, is determined to continue with the construction of the Belene nuclear power plant, but with private funding. Biser Boev, GERB's economic advisor...
Thu, Jul 9 2009
Contract for Kozloduy waste treatment facility
Belgium's Belgoprocess and Iberdrola of Spain have won a contract to supply a facility for treatment and conditioning of solid radioactive waste at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant in Bulgaria.
Thu, Apr 23 2009
Moves for waste disposal
Bulgaria has moved closer to a solution for the main portion of its radioactive waste with a contract to select a site for disposal.
Mon, Apr 6 2009
Compensation the topic for Bulgaria
Bulgaria has abandoned efforts to restart its Kozloduy reactors, instead focusing on greater compensation for their early shutdown.
Mon, Mar 9 2009
Pro-nuclear protesters: restart Kozloduy
Thousands of Bulgarians assembled in their capital yesterday to demand the restart of the Kozloduy 3 and 4 nuclear reactors while the government took steps to do so.
Mon, Jan 19 2009
Cornerstone of Kozloduy's casks
The cornerstone of a new used nuclear fuel store was laid yesterday in Bulgaria. The €50 million facility will store all the old fuel from the six Kozloduy power reactors above ground for at least 50 years.
Thu, Jul 31 2008
Bulgarian government issues Belene construction permit
Bulgaria's government has given its approval for the construction of the Belene nuclear power plant by Russia's AtomStroyExport. However, issues with funding the plant's construction remain.
Tue, Jul 15 2008
Bulgarian minister prefers nuclear to wind, solar
[Reuters, 28 February] Bulgaria's economy and energy minister, Petar Dimitrov, has said that the country should push ahead with plans to construct the new Belene nuclear power plant rather than opt for wind or solar power to solve its energy problems. Speaking at a conference, Dimitrov said that...
Thu, Feb 28 2008
Bulgarian leaders moot energy consolidation
Bulgarian leaders have agreed to consolidate the country's biggest state-owned energy companies including the Kozloduy nuclear power plant into a single energy holding, according to prime minister Sergei Stanishev.
Wed, Feb 13 2008
Belene announcement imminent
[Focus, 15 January] Contracts for the completion of the Belene nuclear power plant are to be signed on 18 January, when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Bulgaria, according to the country's economy and energy minister, Petar Dimitrov. The minister told a press conference in Sofia that the...
Tue, Jan 15 2008
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