Bulgarian nuclear vote fails while still showing voter interest

Bulgaria nuclear

It's estimated that 60 percent of Bulgarians voted in favor of a new nuclear power plant in the country, according to initial results of a January 27 poll. However, because only 20 percent of voters cast a ballot, the vote is non-binding, the Financial Times reported.

The vote was more of a "political exercise" than one that will definitely lead to the government making a decision on the future of nuclear power in Bulgaria, the article stated. However, it did show an unexpected amount of support for the nuclear industry.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party pushed the referendum to build a new nuclear power plant after the government halted the construction of a 2,000-megawatt plant, the Financial Times reported.

The Socialists want the government to reverse its decision not to build the nuclear power plant, the BBC reported. While the January 27 poll will mean the Bulgarian parliament will continue to debate the issue, the article said the voter favoritism toward development of the plant can be seen as a prediction for the outcome of elections later this year.

PennEnergy's research area offers details on the nuclear power market in Bulgaria.

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