State-run companies from China and South Korea have applied to be strategic investors in Bulgaria’s revived Belene nuclear project, two industry sources familiar with the process said on Monday after Russia’s Rosatom said it wanted to take part. Sofia plans to pick a strategic investor or investors by May 22 next year to install and run two Russian-made 1,000 megawatt reactors at Belene project on the river Danube. The plant, estimated to cost about 10 billion euros ($11 billion), should be operational in 10 years.
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The lack of transparency in Bulgarian nuclear power industry has remained constant since the Chernobyl disaster. In Bulgaria there was no official announcement until the third day of the catastrophe of Lenin NPP reactor 4 and the state media were silent. When the government finally communicated news of the accident is was presented as limited and not particularly dangerous. Emphasis was placed on the fact that there was absolutely no danger to Bulgaria, although the radioactive cloud reached the country within a few days. The situation has not changed much since the totalitarian era.
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