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The only nuclear power plant in Bulgaria refused to work on Russian fuel

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The only nuclear power plant in Bulgaria refused to work on Russian fuel

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The station plans to obtain a license to use new fuel in 2024.


In the tenth month of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, Bulgaria's only nuclear power plant refused to operate on the fuel of the aggressor country.

According to the American company Westinghouse, on December 22, the company signed a 10-year contract for the supply of nuclear fuel for the Bulgarian nuclear power plant Kozloduy.

Westinghouse fuel will be used at Unit 5. The station plans to obtain a license to use new fuel in 2024.

A similar contract for fuel supply for the sixth power unit will be signed by the end of the year with the French company Framatome, which has a license to produce fuel from the Russian company TVEL.

Kozloduy NPP is the only nuclear power plant in Bulgaria. In 2003-2006, four power units of the VVER-440 type were stopped at it, which was a condition for Bulgaria's accession to the EU. Only the fifth and sixth units of the VVER-1000 type with a total installed capacity of 2 GW are currently in operation. They generate about a third of the electricity in Bulgaria.


The Odessa Journal
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