Belene: rusii – да, bulgarii – не

2011/04/06

ITAR TASS: Russia, Bulgaria sign three month deal to continue NPP construction

Russia’s Atomstroiexport and Bulgaria’s National Electric Company have signed a three month agreement that allows to continue the project on the construction of the Belene nuclear power plant.

The companies succeed in coordinating their positions on the yet-to-be nuclear power plant, an official at the Russian embassy in Bulgaria told Itar-Tass.

Within three months the sides should coordinate all points at issue, including additional measures to ensure the plant’s safe operation and the project’s cost.

RIA Novosti: Russia, Bulgaria to sign EPC contract on Belene nuclear plant

Russia and Bulgaria will sign an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the Belene nuclear power plant by June, the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bulgaria’s National Electric Company (NEK) and Russia’s nuclear engineering company Atomstroyexport signed a memorandum of understanding and a supplement to an earlier agreement on Belene.

The project to build the plant in northern Bulgaria has been stalled since 2006 due to price disputes.

Novinite: Bulgaria’s Top Diplomat Denies Secret Cabinet Decision on Nuclear Plant

An individual, who dares to sign a document despite an explicit ban from his Minister and boss has no place working anywhere within State institutions, the BulgarianForeign Affairs MinisterNikolay Mladenov, says.

Mladenov spoke in a TV interview for the private channel bTV Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, Economy and Energy MinisterTraicho Traikov, fired the Director of the National Electric Company (NEK), Krasimir Parvanov, over him exceeding his authority during negotiations with the Russian “Atomstroyexport” for the construction of the Nuclear Power Plant, NPP, in the Danube town of Belene in Bulgaria. With the endorsed documents Parvanov has committed Bulgaria to sign no later than two months from now a final contract for the NPP realization.

The Foreign Minister defined Parvanov’s actions as inacceptable, saying special services must find out of this is the result of a plot or of corruption. He firmly rejected rumors Parvanov’s ousting is an attempt of the cabinet to find an excuse for a behind-the-curtain decision that is being kept secret from the public.

Mladenov pointed out the policies of the cabinet of the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party regarding all strategic projects are very careful and balanced over the difficult legacy from their predecessors who have made commitments impossible to fulfill.

“The Belene construction is a matter of negotiations and clear parameters, but we must show all Bulgarians that such behavior as the NEK Director’s is inacceptable and cannot be tolerated in this country and anywhere else,” the Minister declared.

Novinite: Rosatom Denies Bulgaria Nuclear Plant Frozen

Rosatom has not taken a decision to freeze the Belene plant, a spokesman for the company said in Moscow on Tuesday.

“No such bilateral documents have been signed,” Sergei Novikov said, as cited by Bloomberg agency.

Earlier in the day Bulgaria‘s Economy Minister Traicho Traikov fired the head of the National Electric Company NEK Krasimir Parvanov after he signed an agreement with Rosatom‘s subsidiary Atomstroyexport that potentially threatensBulgaria‘s national interests by obliging the Bulgarian government to reach a final agreement with the Russians on Belene by June 1, 2001.

Bulgaria‘s National Electric Company (NEK) and Rosatom‘s subsidiaryAtomstroyexport signed Tuesday a Memorandum of Understanding to extend the analysis on the project by 3 more months – until June 30, 2011.

Novinite: Rosatom: Bulgaria Committed to Sign EPC Contract by June 1

Russia and Bulgaria will sign until June 1 an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for building a nuclear power plant at Belene, in the north of the Balkan country, a representative of Rosatom said.

“In the agreement signed on Tuesday the sides commit to signing a EPC contract by June 1,” the unnamed representative of Rosatom told Russian agency RIA Novosti.

According to him the construction of the nuclear power plant will proceed as provided by the document, which is legally binding and correct.

Earlier in the day Bulgaria‘s Economy Minister Traicho Traikov fired the head of the National Electric Company NEK Krasimir Parvanov after he signed an agreement with Rosatom‘s subsidiary Atomstroyexport that potentially threatensBulgaria‘s national interests by obliging the Bulgarian government to reach a final agreement with the Russians on Belene by June 1, 2001.

Bulgaria‘s National Electric Company (NEK) and Rosatom‘s subsidiaryAtomstroyexport struck on Tuesday a Memorandum of Understanding to extend the analysis on the project by 3 more months – until June 30, 2011.

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