Bulgaria plans to expand Kozloduy plant

28 January 2021

The Bulgarian government has approved a report by the Minister of Energy on the actions taken and the results of the study on the possibilities for construction of a new nuclear unit at site No 2 of the Kozloduy NPP. The government said the project should be viewed in the context of achieving the goals of the European Union for climate neutrality by 2050 and diversification of energy resources.

Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova reporting to Prime Minister Borissov recalled that in October 2020, the Council of Ministers took a decision giving a mandate to Kozloduy NPP to enter into negotiations with US companies that are developing new nuclear technologies.
She said that the aim was to look for an opportunity to implement unit 7 of Kozloduy NPP at site No 2, which already has approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Agency and an environmental impact assessment (EIA). By order of the Minister of Energy, a working group was set up  including experts from Kozloduy NPP, Kozloduy NPP - New Capacities, and international experts, and their report was completed on 19 January.

"In the course of the group's work, talks were held, correspondence was exchanged with colleagues from Westinghouse, as one of three approved EIA technologies,” Petkova said. One technology is the US AP1000 reactor, the other two are Russian technologies, including the reactors manufactured for the Belene nuclear plant. The expert report notes that Kozloduy 7 could be implemented using equipment from the Belene project.

According to the report, the Minister of Energy should take the necessary actions to make full use of the capacity of the site   for construction of new nuclear power, including rational use of equipment already delivered for Belene. The Minister of Energy must prepare a model for financial structuring of the project and a legal analysis of the applicable national, European and international legal framework. The Minister will also allow continued studies of the possibilities for building a new nuclear power plant using new nuclear technologies for small modular reactors.

Photo: Council of Ministers