Working Party on Atomic Questions (WPAQ) visited Kozloduy


State Enterprise Radioactive Waste was one of the host organisations in Kozloduy at an offsite meeting of the Working Party on Atomic Questions at the Council of the European Union (EU) within the framework of the Bulgarian six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.
Following an established tradition, if possible each Presidency conducts a similar event to familiarise the Member States, European Commission, General Secretariat of the Council of the EU and other stakeholders, with the activities of major energy facilities, and to open an informal discussion on issues that would be of interest to the host country.
The visit to Kozloduy, as part of the offsite meeting, took place on June 19, 2018 and was also hosted by Kozloduy NPP Plc and Kozloduy NPP – New Build Plc.
In a general information meeting, the participants in the Working group received information on the priorities of the NPP’s operations, focusing on the plant life extension of Units 5 and 6, as well as the potential for building a new nuclear power unit on Kozloduy Site.
Mrs. Galya Simeonova – Head of International Projects Division at SE RAW, presented to the Attachés the primary activity of the Enterprise. The focus of the presentation was the current status of the decommissioning process of the shutdown Units 1-4, which is financially supported by the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund. The information on the new high-tech facilities built over the recent years for the purposes of the safe decommissioning prompted a particular interest among the participants in the meeting.
A walkdown at the Kozloduy site was also included in the programme of the visit. On the territory of SE RAW the delegates observed the dismantling activities in the Turbine Hall of Units 1-4 and visited the Radiana site where the National Disposal Facility for Low- and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste is being constructed.
At the end of the off-site meeting, the participants, including representatives of almost all EU Member States expressed their satisfaction and gratitude for the opportunity to receive a thorough insight into key activities and projects in the Bulgarian energy sector.