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03.08.2012 13:43
Bulgarian Energy Minister: NPP in Belene is unbearable burden
Bulgarian energy assets are BGN 12 billion, while the NPP will cost over BGN 20 billion

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The price to construct a second Nuclear Power Plant on the Danube river, near town of Belene, is an impossible burden for Bulgaria, and will be the double of all assets of the country's energy sector. The statement was made today by Bulgaria's Economy and Energy Minister, Delyan Dobrev. Speaking for the Bulgarian National Television, he said that the energy assets are BGN 12 billion, while the NPP will cost over BGN 20 billion.

Commenting on the upcoming referendum on the project to build a second NPP in Bulgaria, Dobrev was firm people must make an educated choice, and not be led by emotions and nostalgia."Instead of collecting signatures for a referendum, the Socialists should have opened an account where everyone who supports this project should make cash contributions. They failed to sign the contract for three years, because the problem is purely financial," said he.

Dobrev labeled claims the electric power from the NPP will be cheaper a "manipulation." He stressed that the expert analysis of the consultant HSBC has shown that 1 MWH from Belene will cost on average BGN 150, inform In comparison, 1 MWH of wind energy, after the changes in legislation that will be made in September, will cost BGN 140, while solar energy will cost BGN 160, placing nuclear energy on the same price level.

TAGS: Nuclear power plant | Belene | Dobrev | Danube | referendum 

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