Bulgaria signed nuclear fuel deal with Westinghouse

Bulgarian Kozloduy NPP and Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB signed on December 22 a contract for the supply of fresh nuclear fuel for the 1000-megawatt unit 5 of the nuclear power plant for a period of 10 years.

Kozloduy NPP produces about 35% of the country’s electricity and uses nuclear fuel supplied by the Russian state company Rosatom. The contract is in fulfillment of the program of Kozloduy NPP agreement with the Supply Agency (ESA) of Evratom for the diversification of supplies of fresh nuclear fuel and in accordance with the decision of the National Assembly of November 9, 2022 to accelerate the process of securing alternative supplier.

A similar agreement is being prepared with the French “Framatom” for the supply of fuel for the other 1000-megawatt unit 6 of the nuclear power plant in Kozloduy. This would achieve complete diversification and security of supplies from two independent non-Russian sources, the Bulgarian authorities assure.

Acting Minister of Energy Rosen Hristov assured in relation to security that there are no risks of the nuclear fuel not working and that its operation will be safe. The new nuclear fuel is expected to be used from mid-2024, when Bulgaria is expected to receive the full license.

At the moment we have a partnership, a deal that is extremely good and beneficial for our country, the conditions we have reached for these months in which we are in power are a security of supply. With Westinghouse we now have a supply arrangement for nuclear fuel, we fully fulfill the commitment to the European Agency for Diversification, and that in full pluses for us.

Rosen Hristov, Bulgrian Minister of Energy

This contract guarantees the security of the Bulgarian nuclear power plant

Georgi Kirkov, executive director of Kozloduy NPP

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