Bulgaria, Russia Strike Moratorium Deal on on Belene Nuclear Project

Bulgaria, Russia Strike Moratorium Deal on on Belene Nuclear Project

Bulgaria and Russia have reached an agreement to sign next week a 3-month moratorium on the project to build a second Nuclear Power Plant in Bulgaria's Danube town of Belene.

The moratorium will be in place until the exact price of the NPP is calculated, a full assessment of seismology risks is prepared, and all other debatable issues are cleared, Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, announced.

Bulgaria's Minister of Economy and Energy, Traicho Traikov, informed earlier that the technical committee on Belene had asked Russia 30 new questions after the incident at the Fukushima NPP in Japan, damaged by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Traikov also said Bulgaria is going to request from the contractor additional safety guarantees, which must be confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European Commission.

Until the end of 2011, the Energy Ministry would examine and assess in collaboration with IAEA the safety of Belene to include risks from fires, floods, earthquakes, and technology-related dangers. / Source: Sofia News Agency/

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