Bulgaria, Westinghouse, Toshiba Corp in Position to Work Out Details of New NPP Unit Project in 9 Months
Friday, 13 December 2013
Experts of the state-owned Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH), U.S.–based Westinghouse Electric Company and Japanese multinational engineering company Toshiba Corporation will explore the options to build a new unit at Bulgaria’s sole nuclear power plant (NPP) and can be ready with the project's technical and financial parameters in nine months, the Bulgarian government said.
On Thursday the three companies signed an agreement to open talks on the construction of a new unit at Kozloduy NPP using the Westinghouse AP1000 technology, the government said in a press release.
The project will get no funding from the state budget, the press release quoted prime minister Plamen Oresharski as saying after a meeting with Westinghouse president and CEO Danny Roderick. Construction works are expected to start in 2016, Oresharski added.
“We are very pleased that Bulgaria is focused on advancing the opportunity to develop and construct Kozloduy Unit 7,” Roderick said, as quoted in a Westinghouse press release. “The selection of the Westinghouse AP1000 Generation III+ reactor for Kozloduy Unit 7 will ensure implementation of the highest safety standards as well as give Bulgaria a maximum degree of certainty with respect to investment, licensing to European and global standards, with accelerated and modern construction.”
The Kozloduy NPP operates two 1,000 megawatt (MW) units. In early 2012, the government in Sofia decided to add a new 1,000 MW unit to the plant, instead of building a 2,000 MW NPP from scratch in another Danubian town, Belene.
Westinghouse Electric Company is a group company of Toshiba Corporation.