New Nuclear Power in Bulgaria
The Bulgarian Nuclear Society, under the patronage
of the Minister of Energy and Energy Resources, organised an International
Conference titled “New Nuclear Power in Bulgaria”.
The conference was held from 23 till 25 September
2004 in Sofia, at Grand Hotel Sofia. One hundred forty-one Bulgarian
participants took part in the International Conference. They included
representatives from the Bulgarian Parliament, the Bulgarian Government,
universities, scientific institutes, and organisations from the
nuclear energy industry. There were also 30 foreign participants
from Russia, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, etc.
About 40 reports were presented at the conference
by leading Bulgarian and foreign scientists and experts. Among
them, there were reports of organisations from the above-mentioned
countries, all of which are candidates for the construction of
Belene NPP. New views on the world-wide development of nuclear
energy were also presented.
A press conference and a round table on the Preparation
and Training of Personnel in the Nuclear Energy Field were held
on 24th September. A visit to the Belene NPP site on 25 September
concluded the event.
In a press statement, the Bulgarian Nuclear Society
summarised its position as follows.
“The interest of the Bulgarian public
in the development of nuclear energy is understandable, as it
is a well-mastered, cheap, and environment-friendly technology
for electricity production. This interest is additionally strengthened
by the unacceptable perspective for closure of Units 1-4 of VVER-440
type, as well as by the long-lasting unclear status of the NPP
in Belene, whose construction began in 1981.”