Govt To Review Belene N-Plant Project, PM Says
Thursday, 01 January 1970
Bulgaria’s new government will make a thorough review of the project for the construction of a second nuclear plant in the country, and will consider re-launching it if it proves economically feasible, the country’s new prime minister said.
“I view the Belene nuclear power plant project from an economic, and not a political perspective,” Plamen Oresharski told state-run broadcaster BNT on Thursday morning. “I cannot for the time being say if we will move forth with it,” he added, stressing that no taxpayers’ money will go for the project.
In 2012, the government of the centre-right GERB party decided to abandon the project for a new 2,000 megawatt plantfor which Bulgaria had hired Russia's Atomstroyexport, due to disagreement over its estimated cost and failure to attract a strategic investor.
Oresharski also said that the rules on the state companies’ net exposure to a single lender may be revised, obliging the companies to pick the banks where they deposit their money via competitions. Earlier this month Bulgaria’s caretaker government approved new regulations capping the net exposure of majority state-owned companies to a single lender at 25% of the company's total cash assets.
The new government will also propose relaxing the full ban on smoking in public places, Oresharski also said.