Bulgaria’s nuclear power drama: A huge mess

Written by on August 15, 2016 in Perspectives - Comments Off on Bulgaria’s nuclear power drama: A huge mess

On April 6 1970, socialist Bulgaria started a huge project. In the northern border town of Kozloduy, engineers and workers starting building reactor no. 1 of what was to become the largest nuclear power plant in the region. Decades later, at some point, the Danube river would cool a total of six operational reactors, making Bulgaria a huge energy producer and exporter in the region.

Out of those six reactors, two are in service right now. Together, they are delivering an output of 2000 Megawatts, more than enough to run a toaster, a microwave and a TV-set in near by Sofia. Those two reactors are working right now, but, all in all, nothing is. The nuclear energy drama in Bulgaria is a huge mess.

Let’s go back some 21 years, to 1995. That year, the U.S. Department of Energy released a report, which singled out “The Ten Most Dangerous NPPs” in the world. Guess which ones had prominent places on that list: Reactors 1 and 2 in Kozloduy.

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