Czechs interested in construction of nuclear plant in Bulgaria

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The Czech Republic is interested in participating in the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear plant, the country's ambassador said on Monday. The Bulgarian government recently announced it would resume construction of a second nuclear power plant near the Danube port of Belene, 250 kilometers northeast of Sofia. Bulgaria has already invested 1.2 billion USD in the project, which was frozen in 1990 after pressure from environmentalists. A Czech-built 1,000-megawatt reactor is already stored at the Belene site.

The Czech Republic is interested in participating in the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear plant, the country's ambassador said on Monday. The Bulgarian government recently announced it would resume construction of a second nuclear power plant near the Danube port of Belene, 250 kilometers northeast of Sofia. Bulgaria has already invested 1.2 billion USD in the project, which was frozen in 1990 after pressure from environmentalists. A Czech-built 1,000-megawatt reactor is already stored at the Belene site. The Czech ambassador to Sofia, Petr Dokladal, told a press conference that the Czech Republic was keeping an eye on the development of power engineering in Bulgaria and was interested in the eventual resumption of the Belene project. Bulgaria must close two of six units at its sole nuclear plant in Kozlodui by the end of this year under an agreement with the European Union, which considers the Soviet-designed reactors unsafe.