The Bulgarian nuclear power programme was launched in 1974 with the commissioning of the first nuclear power unit of the Kozloduy nuclear power plant. The Bulgarian nuclear facilities are concentrated at the Kozloduy NPP site, where six power units were built: Units 5 and 6 are in operation and Units 1–4 are in the process of decommissioning. In 2018, nuclear power comprised about 35% of the total electricity production in Bulgaria. The Kozloduy NPP site has a wet type spent nuclear fuel interim storage facility and a dry spent fuel storage facility.
The town of Belene has been considered as the site for Bulgaria’s second nuclear plant and site preparation began in 1980. The Belene project would involve the construction of two units. In December last year, the Bulgarian energy ministry announced it had shortlisted five applicants in the running as strategic investors. The Bulgarian government has said it will take a majority stake in the project, which it expects to be completed by 2030.
Officials from Bulgaria who will be speaking during this meeting include:
- Marina Kadreva, State Expert, Ministry of Energy,
- Valentin Iliev, Head of Project Maintenance and Resource Section, NPP Kozloduy
- Georgi Razlojki, Vice Director, State Enterprise Radioactive Waste
- Bogomil Manchev, Chairman, Bulgaria Atomic Forum (Bulatom)
- Lidia Kazarska, State Inspector, Nuclear Regulatory Agency