Bulgaria accelerates construction of new capacities at Kozloduy NPP

Bulgaria is expediting the construction of new capacities at the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). The country’s Council of Ministers has designated the planned new nuclear power plant at Kozloduy NPP’s second site as of national importance. “AEC Kozloduy-New Powers” EAD selected the site and obtained approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA). This designation streamlines administrative procedures related to spatial planning, under the Law on Territorial Planning and the Law on State Property, facilitating the launch of real activities in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) decision and NRA’s approval requirements for Site 2.

This construction aligns with the National Assembly’s decision earlier this year, tasking the Council of Ministers with negotiating an intergovernmental agreement with the US government for a new nuclear power plant at Kozloduy NPP using AR 1000 technology. The IC’s declaration of the project as an “object of national importance” and a “national object” is essential for this purpose. Recently, Westinghouse and “NPP Kozloduy-New Powers” signed a contract to explore the construction of a new American reactor with AP1000 technology at the Kozloduy site. This feed contract (Front-End Engineering & Design) includes preliminary engineering activities and assesses the involvement of the Bulgarian industry in the project, maximizing the utilization of existing infrastructure at the Kozloduy NPP site. Currently, the Kozloduy site operates two reactors with Russian “BBEP-1000” technology.

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