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Bulgaria picks Westinghouse to study new nuclear unit via Reuters

Aug 27 (Reuters) – Bulgaria has relaunched its nuclear power programme, hiring Westinghouse to prepare a proposal for a third reactor at its Kozloduy site, having shelved plans to build a new plant at Belene in March after failing to attract foreign investors.

Bulgaria is one of the few European Union counties pursuing new reactor projects after last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and Germany’s move to phase out nuclear power.

Westinghouse – Japanese group Toshiba’s U.S. nuclear unit – must report by March on the likely cost of a 1,000 megawatt reactor at Kozloduy, on the Danube River bordering Romania, energy minister Delyan Dobrev said on Monday.

The group beat French company Areva, which bid alone and in a tie-up with Japanese group Mitsubishi, WorleyParsons and Bulgarian Risk Engineering for the feasibility study.

Westinghouse has to prepare a plan on how to use a 1,000 megawatt reactor built by Russian firm Atomstroyexport for the Belene nuclear project at the Kozloduy site, Dobrev said.

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