Members of BulAtom sign a memorandum with Westinghouse in connection with the project for the construction of AP1000 at Site 2 near Kozloduy
We congratulate our members Glavbolgarstroy AD, Energoservice AD, Enpro Consult Ltd., EQI Bulgaria AD and Oscar-El EOOD on the occasion of the signing of a memorandum with Westinghouse in connection with the project for the construction of Unit 7 of Kozloduy NPP using AP1000 technology.
We welcome this event because we believe that the benefits for Bulgaria from the commissioning of the AP1000 will be numerous. They would be even more significant for the industry if our country made the necessary efforts to accelerate the development of the project in order to be the first in Europe, as this would allow Bulgarian companies to participate more fully in projects abroad.
This goal is difficult, but achievable – as long as there is continuity and consistency in the nuclear policy of the several national assemblies and governments during the years necessary for its construction. Another important prerequisite for success is the unification of the efforts of the Bulgarian industry and maximum localization.
We congratulate Westinghouse for laying the foundations for such a development with the current memorandums. We hope that the list will be expanded to include many other Bulgarian companies with experience and ability to work in the nuclear industry.
Last but not least, we use the opportunity to call on the government to expand efforts towards the simultaneous construction of units 7 and 8: two blocks are vital for our country in the period up to 2035 and the approach to building pairs of blocks in tandem has proven in the industry worldwide to be the most cost-effective.