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Bulgarian parliament confirms suspension of second nuclear power plant construction

English.news.cn   2013-02-27 21:44:18            

SOFIA, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Bulgarian parliament on Wednesday confirmed suspension of the country's second nuclear power plant (NPP) construction.

The legislators had to take a decision on this issue, after 60.6 percent of the voters in a referendum held in January said "yes" to the question on whether the country should build a new nuclear power plant, with a voter turnout of only 20.2 percent.

Yanaki Stoilov, a member of the parliament from the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, said new parliamentary majority could abolish the decision after the coming elections.

The 2,000-megawatt Belene NPP was approved in 2005. The Russian company Atomstroyexport, an engineering branch of the state-owned Rosatom, won the bid to build this NPP in 2006, but the project was frozen after the GERB party came to power in July 2009.

The only Bulgarian Kozloduy NPP has six reactors in total but only two of them, 1,000 MW each, are in operation. The other four 440-MW units were shut down in 2002 and 2006 as one of the conditions for Bulgaria to join the European Union.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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