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20.10.2017 13:33
Petar Iliev: The bad storage of the equipment for the Belene NPP saga is about torn and oiled paper over 2 shafts
NEC is negotiating with Kozloduy NPP sale of the rest of the equipment for the Czech reactor Skoda

  • The equipment, stored outdoors, is protected by nitrogen, silica gel and covered by nylon, the director of NEC, Petar Iliev, explained.
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The bad storage of the equipment for the Belene NPP saga is about torn and oiled paper over 2 shafts NEC’s executive director Petar Iliev announced before reporters on Thursday after his participation in a meeting of the Energy Commission at the National Assembly. “Shafts – two shafts. They are of stainless steel. They were covered by oiled paper, which was torn and we are waiting for technical prescriptions from the manufacturer. This is the saga that we are storing the equipment in a bad manner”, Petar Iliev said.

Iliev’s comment follows last Friday’s announcement by the ex-energy minister Rumen Ovcharov that the equipment is being stored in absurd conditions which may lead to the equipment becoming unfit for installation into a nuclear reactor.

Peter Iliev gave assurances that NEC has vast experience in storing equipment for a nuclear power plant, referring to the old Czech reactor Skoda for the old Belene NPP project. It was subsequently sold to Atomstroyexport and used in the Kaliningrad NPP. We have stored this equipment for more than 20 years and it has been working perfectly since 2007, Iliev pointed out.

The executive director of NEC further announced that everything that is currently being done about the equipment on our territory – where it should be unloaded and how it should be stored is carried out according to the manufacturer’s [Izhora Plants] prescriptions.

Iliev communicated that a part of the equipment is stored at a port, another – under covers, and still other – in warehouses. “Following the prescriptions be the manufacturer, it should be kept under covers. Therefore, we decided to build something like greenhouses, but much stronger”, Iliev said. The part, which is outdoors, is protected from atmospheric agents by nitrogen and special silica gel keeping it from moisture. Further, it is covered by nylon by order of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. This is why the executive director of NEC considers there is no danger for the equipment, even if it snows or rains.

Currently, NEC is preparing a public procurement for building of the covers. In order for them to be built, the whole equipment must be delivered, otherwise the covers will obstruct its unloading, Iliev explained further.

For the purposes of freeing up space in the present covers negotiations with the Kozloduy NPP are in progress. Presently, the rest of the equipment, which Russians didn’t want to buy, of the Czech reactor Skoda is being stored there, Iliev said. He added that this residual equipment will be alternate for the Kozloduy NPP.

Because of the high price, asked by the Izhora Plants, for the represervation of the equipment, NEC has decided to conduct it on its own under the governance of the manufacturer, it became apparent in Iliev’s words. Negotiations about the costs of this are still underway. Iliev explained that 10-15 people will be engaged in the represervation year-round.

TAGS: NEC | Petar Iliev | Belene NPP | Kozloduy NPP | equipment | storage | represervation | Izhora Plants | reactor | Skoda 

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