AREVA in Bulgaria: the facts
- A construction project for 2 reactors in Belene
- Completed modernization of the lone nuclear power plant, Kozloduy, comprised of 5 plant units in operation
Bulgarian energy challenges
Bulgaria is focusing on nuclear power to compensate for its dependence on Russian gas.
The lone current power plant, located in Kozloduy, already provides nearly 40% of the country's electricity.
Kozloduy is equipped with VVER reactors (pressurized water reactors of Soviet origin). Only plant units 3, 4, 5, and 6 are in operation, while units 1 and 2 were closed in 2002. The units in service, which were placed in operation in 1974 and 1993, are operated by the public company Kozloduy Plc.
- Since the closure of units 1 and 2, the power plant does not produce enough electricity.
- A broad modernization program of units 5 and 6 has been successfully launched. This is a product of the successful collaboration between AREVA and Russian company Atomstroyexport (ASE). All the renovations critical to safety have been completed and the modernization program has allowed for the extension of lifespan for the Kozloduy units from 15 to 20 years.
- A construction project for 2 new reactors in Belene is planned for 2014-2015.