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Romania, Turkey to supply electricity after Bulgarian nuke closed

Date: 27.09.2005

There is a possibility for Romania and Turkey to take Bulgaria's place in electricity supply for the Balkans, after the closure of Units three and four of Bulgaria's Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant.

The forecast came from British Ambassador Jeremy Hill, who visited the Danube city of Kozloduy's Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) Wednesday.

Hill refused to give a synonymous answer to the question of Bulgaria's replacement as the main electricity supplier for the Balkan region. He said that there are options for Romania and Turkey and that the possibility of Belene Nuclear Power Plant is also open.

The ambassador told media that the goal of his visit in Kozloduy is to understand what the socio-economical consequences of prematurely shutting down nuclear units would be for Bulgaria and the region. He added that the British government has already granted GBP 220,000 for Bulgaria to partly compensate these consequences.

Hill claimed that by signing the EU accession treaty Bulgaria has agreed with the shutdown of the two KNPP units.

The shutdown of the two reactors was one of the EU's main preconditions for signing an accession treaty. Domestic opposition, backed also by President Georgi Parvanov, claims that the terms of their decommissioning must be rescheduled.

The deadline for shutting down Kozloduy's nuke units, which provide nearly half of the country's electricity needs, is set for 2006.

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