On 28 August, the Bulgarian Energy Holding approved the selection of Westinghouse Electric Company for executing the project feasibility study on the possibilities of construction of NPP Kozloduy’s 7th unit.
In the presence of the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, Deliyan Dobrev, an agreement to implement the planned activities, including socio-economic analysis, economic feasibility assessment and analysis of available technology options for building a new nuclear reactor, was signed. The Westinghouse Company was chosen because its price offer for the project was the lowest in comparison to the rest of candidates’ proposed-amounting to 990 500 euro.
The other four companies which applied for executing the project feasibility study were the joint venture between the French energy company "Areva" and the Japanese "Mitsubishi", the Australian "Worley Parsons" and Bulgarian consulting company "Risk Engineering" PLC, hold by the chairman of Bulgarian Atomic Forum (Bulatom) Bogomil Manchev.
The last two companies had jointly prepared an analysis for the future construction of "Belene" NPP, a project which the cabinet of Borissov has conclusively given up. In accordance with the contracts signed, the Bulgarian-Australian duo collected more than 90 million euro for the preparation of the analysis.
All costs associated with the new project will be borne by the recently formed project company ‘Kozloduy NPP – New capacities’. It is a subsidiary of ‘Kozloduy’ NPP and has a capital of 2 million BGN which will be used almost exclusively for settlement of payments with companies preparing the variety of feasibility studies.
An assessment of the project's impact on the environment and a geological survey of the terrain is also foreseen. It is expected that these would not exceed the sum of three million euro which is almost 11 times less compared to the 32 million euro spent for the same activities on the "Belene" NPP project.
At the beginning of June Bulgaria invited Rosatom to participate in the construction of the 7th unit of the nuclear power plant Kozloduy. At the time, the Deputy CEO of Rosatom, Kiril Komarov who also stated: ‘I believe that despite Bulgaria’s abandoning of the ‘Belene’ NPP project, our partnership continues and has good prospects’. Bulgaria decided to stop the construction of the ‘Belene’ NPP at the end of March.
The Russian Federation sees Bulgaria as one of the most important partners in the field of nuclear energy, an attitude recently expressed by Yuri Isakov, ambassador of the Russian Federation to Bulgaria.