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Decommissioning projects approved by the Assembly of Contributors of the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund

22.11.2014

For two days – 17th and 18th November 2014, for a second time this year, London was a host for the Assembly of Contributors of the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund which supports as a grant the decommissioning process for shutdown nuclear units.

The forum was attended by representatives of the contributing countries, the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – as administrator of the Fund, and the grant recipients. The Bulgarian delegation included representatives of the Ministry of Energy, State Enterprise Radioactive Waste (SE RAW) and Kozloduy NPP. During the assembly, the progress on the projects supported by the KDSF was reported. For their part, SE RAW presented a report on the progress of the projects supporting the implementation of the Decommissioning Programme and the National Disposal Facility for low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste (NDF). The company experts presented and justified projects that require funding for the upcoming six months period, for which projects the Assembly will decide in the summer of 2015. The Contributors announced that all SE RAW projects, declared during the summer session in 2014, have been approved and will be financed for a total amount of approximately € 25 Million. As a result it is expected some grant agreements to be signed in the beginning of the next year, through which the financial support will be provided. The most significant projects to be implemented are Units 1-4 Independent Infrastructure Management, which is related to the physical separation of the shutdown Units 1-4 from the operational Units of KNPP and Rehabilitation of Access Road for “Radiana” Site, which provides financing for the major overhaul of the heavily compromised 13 km stretch of state road city between the town of Kozloduy and village of Harlets.

In the eve of the Assembly, SE RAW received an official notification from the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency that the procedure for issuing the decommissioning licenses for Units 1 and 2 is now complete and the licenses are to be awarded. Thus the Contributors were given with another demonstration during the forum that the Bulgarian country as a grant recipient respects properly their commitments.

Picture: SE RAW and EBRD representatives during the Assembly of Contributors

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