A consortium of Russian and French firms were contracted to extend operations of a nuclear unit in Bulgaria.
The consortium, which includes Russian firms Rosenergoatom and Rusatom Service, as well as Electricite de France (EDF), will extend the life of Kozloduy nuclear Unit 5 by up to 60 years, according to the Sofia Globe. Unit 5, which houses one of two Russian-made 1,000-MW reactors, has a license issued by Bulgaria's Agency for Nuclear Regulation that expires in 2017, the article said.
Four, 440-MW units were shut down in 2005 and 2006 as a pre-condition to being accepted into the European Union, the article said. Bulgaria signed a shareholder agreement with Westinghouse to build an AP1000 reactor at the Kozloduy nuclear plant, but the government has yet to make a decision on that deal.
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