Belene NPP Reactor to Open by 2028

During Saturday’s seventh China-Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) summit in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, China expressed interest in investing in Bulgaria's Belene Nuclear Power Plant project.

Novinite.bg reports that the former Minister of Energy, Kiril Tsoochev, claimed that the first reactor of Belene NPP will be operational in 10 years time, “around 2026-28” he said. The media outlet reports optimism by experts in the energy field. The Belene NPP project was greenlit after a long freeze.

The Bulgarian Minister of Economy, Emil Karanikolov, stated that Chinese and European investors will be sought in order to build the Belene NPP. He said: “The most important thing for me is the political signal from China, that Bulgaria and the surrounding area are strategic. This is an incredibly big chance for Bulgaria.” Karanikolov claimed that the development plan will include a large European sponsor with China serving as the middleman.

The Minister also pointed out that China has more investment in Western than Eastern Europe and that these developments are not an attempt to split Europe apart.

 

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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