On 25th April 2018, Mr. Gerassimos Thomas, Deputy Director-General – Directorate-general Energy (ENER), European Commission (EC) visited the facilities of State Enterprise Radioactive Waste (SERAW) on Kozloduy Site. He was accompanied by Gianfranco Brunetti, Head of Sector Directorate-General for Energy Unit D2 “Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Waste and Decommissioning”, European Commission, who oversees the implementation of the Bulgarian decommissioning projects funded by the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund.
The representatives of the European Commission closely examined various activities related to the safe decommissioning of the shutdown Units 1-4 of Kozloduy NPP. As part of their programme, they visited the Turbine Hall of the four Units, Free Release Measurement Facility, and Sites for temporary storage of dismantled equipment. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Brunetti also witnessed the technological processes in two newly built facilities – the Size Reduction and Decontamination Workshop for equipment from the decommissioning and the Plasma Melting Facility. During the walkdown, the EC representatives were accompanied by the Executive Director of SERAW – Mr. Dilyan Petrov and by members of the operational management of the Enterprise, who answered in detail all the questions put.
At the end of the visit Mr. Gerassimos Thomas summarised his impressions: “I have been here two and a half years ago. There is a noticeable progress both in the advancement of the works and in the completion of projects and the technologies used. I think it is important to continue with the same pace and make sure that key milestones are achieved and the costs are kept under control. We have to make sure that over the next years until the termination of the works, these are done within the planned timetable and budget. I am also happy to see that in some areas like the Plasma Melting Facility you have pioneered in Bulgaria new technologies and this experience can be exported to other countries. We have huge necessity for decommissioning facilities all over Europe.”