Bulgaria to Commission New Feasibility Study on Belene NPP
Monday, 09 September 2013
Bulgaria will commission another feasibility study on a project to build a second nuclear power plant (NPP) in the country, the Sofia News Agency (Novinite.com) reported, quoting an MP of the ethnic Turks’ Movement for Rights and Freedoms.
At the end of February, Bulgaria's parliament confirmed an earlier decision of the government of former prime minister Boyko Borisov to halt the construction of the 2,000 megawatt Belene plant over concerns about the project's economic feasibility. The vote in Parliament came after in January 61% of voters in a referendum initiated by the Socialists' Coalition For Bulgaria backed the plant's construction. Turnout, however, was below the threshold, making the referendum outcome non-binding. Following the May general elections, the project is expected to reappear on the incumbents’ agenda, as the new government is formed by the pro-Belene Coalition For Bulgaria.
A resumption of the Belene project is one of the steps planned by the incumbents to revive Bulgaria’s energy sector, Ramadan Atalay MP said on Sunday, as quoted by Novinite.com.
A day earlier the Socialists’ leader, Sergei Stanishev, said projects such as the Russia-backed South Stream gas pipeline and the Belene NPP had the potential to boost Bulgaria’s positions on the European map, the news agency recalled.