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Serbia and Croatia invited to build Belene nuclear plant

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Bulgarian Government has invited Serbia and Croatia to participate as shareholders in the construction of Belene nuclear plant on the Danube – news agency announced.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Bojko Borisov has sent official letters to Serbian President Boris Tadic and Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor, inviting their countries to take part in the implementation of the Belene nuclear plant project with a share of 1, 1.5 or 2%, the news agency announced citing the transcripts from the session of the Bulgarian Government.

– Borisov said that President Tadic and Prime Minister Kosor were invited to reply to the offer of Bulgaria prior to November 13 – website announced, reminding that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin should arrive in Sofia on that day to talk about the energy sector.

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Belene nuclear plant should be built by Russian national company Atomstrojeksport, but there are certain problems with the price.

According to the words of the Bulgarian Prime Minister, “the participation of Croatia and Serbia would make that project more pragmatic because the market would be ensured upon the completion of the plant”.

The Belene nuclear plant construction project was frozen in autumn 2009, after the withdrawal of the earlier strategic investor – German RWE, which was supposed to provide 2 billion euros in return for the ownership share of 49%.

– According to the preliminary agreement that was signed between the Bulgarian Government and Atmostrojeksport in 2008, the nuclear plant construction should have cost 4 billion euros, but the expenses have grown in the meantime – reminded.

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Bulgaria and Russia have extended that agreement on September 30 for another six months, until they reach the final agreement on the price. In the meantime, the Bulgarian Government is seeking European partners and investors to continue the project implementation.


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