revista presei pe energie 29 noiembrie – part III


Novinite: Bulgarian PM Borisov Gets ‘Tougher’ with Russia on Belene NPP

Bulgaria will not succumb to the Russian demand to decide whether it will the building of the Belene Nuclear Power Plant by the spring, according to Bulgarian PMBoyko Borisov.

“The more ultimatums I receive, the tougher I get,” Borisov said.

Earlier Friday, Russia declared Bulgaria has time until the spring to decide on its participation in the Belene Nuclear Power Plant and sign a contract with Russia for the creation of a project campaign, as stated by Sergey Kiriyenko, CEO of Russianstate energy company Rosatom.

Kiriyenko told Bulgarian media that if the deadline is not met, the contractor on the project, Atomstroyexport, will redirect the equipment for the Belene NPP to another nuclear project and Russia will refuse to become a shareholder in the Bulgarian plant.

“Russia will not lower the Belene NPP price to EUR 5 B, as demanded by the Bulgarian government,” Kiriyenko said.

He pointed out that the real price of the plant is at least EUR 6,7 B, but was lowered to EUR 6,4 B during the bilateral negotiations.Therefore, he underlined, Russia will not make any more compromises.

Borisov, however, was positive that the price of EUR 6.4 B is too much, even though he pointed out that former PM Sergey Stanishev’s government also has been unrealistic with its initial estimates of EUR 3.9 B.

The Belene NPP deal was expected to be signed by Bulgaria and Russia on November 13 2010 during Russian President Vladimir Putin visit to Bulgaria, but the Bulgarian government was not satisfied with the price offered.

Subsequently, Bulgaria invited Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia to join the project, but development is still to be seen in this area. Russia may end export duties on oil for Kyrgyzstan

The Russian Energy Minister Sergey Shmatko announced this week Russia may end export duties on oil bound for Kyrgyzstan.

“It would be economically reasonable to go back to the abolition of duties on export of petroleum products to Kyrgyzstan, Shmatko said during the 9th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Premiers’ Meeting on Thursday in Dushanbe, according to

“As part of the abolition of duties, we are discussing the possibility of the creation of a joint venture.”

The proposed venture would likely be in the field of oil depots and gas stations, and Russia would expect to hold the controlling stake, he said.

The negotiations are part of a desire on both sides to normalize relations between the two countries.

“Russia and Kyrgyzstan should bring their relations to a normal, business course and bring their day-to-day activities to a normal regime, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass quoted Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as saying on Thursday.

“In times of hardships of Kyrgyzstan, Russia did everything possible to support Kyrgyzstan and its people. We rendered all the necessary, prompt assistance and gave humanitarian support to Kyrgyzstan.”

Kyrgyz interim President Roza Otunbayeva thanked Russia this week for its assistance over the last year.

“We heard Russia’s voice during those ‘hot’ days and received Russia’s support, which was vitally important,” she said.

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