Russia is willing to consider building Belene nuclear power plant in Bulgaria, President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference following a meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
“The Russian side is willing to return to the idea of implementing a project for building Belene NPP”, Vladimir Putin announced.
The President has noted that the cooperation of the countries in this area will be a market-based one and will be carried out just in the event that Bulgaria takes the appropriate decision.
As a reference, the facility was expected to be located 3 kilometers from Belene, northern Bulgaria. It should have become a substitute for four VVER-440 V230 reactors of Kozloduy NPP decommissioned earlier.
The project was terminated in 2012, after the Bulgarian government made a decision to add the US or European contractor to the project and insisted for ASE, a Russian company engaged in NPP construction, to significantly reduce the price.