September 10, 2008

Bulgarian Environmentalists Demand Investigation into Belene Nuclear Plant Bids

Text of report in English by Bulgarian national news agency BTA website,

Sofia, September 9 (BTA) - Bulgarian and international nongovernmental organizations have sent a letter to the European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes demanding investigation of the bidding procedures for the construction of Belene N-Plant, Jan Haverkamp, Greenpeace EU Unit expert on nuclear energy told journalists Tuesday [ 9 September].

Haverkamp referred to information in the media that about 1,000 million euro (nearly 30 per cent of the agreed cost of the plant) will be divided by subcontractor companies without a bidding procedure.

Last week Prime Minister Stanishev and Economy and Energy Minister Petur Dimitrov formally launched work on the Belene Nuclear Power Plant project.

Financing for this project still hasn't been secured, Haverkamp recalled. The energy system should be modernized, energy efficiency should be increased - particularly of the large consumers, and investments should be made in renewable energy sources, he said. These actions would increase the capacity of the Bulgarian energy system, which will lead to the security needed for the investment climate in Bulgaria. Bulgaria is becoming hostage of a project and it is not clear whether it will be implemented at all, the Greenpeace expert added.

Originally published by BTA, Sofia, in English 1526 9 Sep 08.

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