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BULGARIA TO “BITE THE BULLET” AND TELL RUSSIA “THANKS, BUT NO THANKS”- PART 2

05 Feb 2012

THIS IS A SEQUEL TO PART 1, dated 27 Oct 2011. http://energymaters.com/?p=388

BULGARIA JUST CAN’T AFFORD IT!  Recall that Bulgaria, the European Union (EU)’s poorest member, faces a seemingly impossible task to finish the 2,000 Megawatt (twin reactor), Russian-designed Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), in Belene, Bulgaria. The lessons of the Fukushima Dai No.1 triple meltdown on 12 Mar 2011, have caused Bulgarians to reassess the 30 year-old Russian NPP design planned there. Russia’s Rosatom wants an extra $2.1 billion Euros now, for a total of 6.1 Billion Euros, that they say would be needed for improved safety measures, and insurance.  NO WAY JOSE! (OR IS IT VLADIMIR ?)

MOST BULGARIANS OPPOSE THE BELENE NPP PROJECT. Prominent Mr. Minchev opposes the project because the government chose the Russian supplier in 2005 without any regard for fair competition.” The reactor design is obsolete, the costs are running out of control, and the project is making Bulgaria even more dependent on Russia for energy supplies “ HE IS A MAN WHO “ TELLS IT LIKE IT IS” Minchev adds: “This project was developed without any consideration for our national interest, or the broader political and strategic interests of our European allies…The nuclear reactors proposed were developed 30 years ago (old technology). Why are we buying them?”. GOOD QUESTION! – ANSWER: JUST BECAUSE!  Mark Hibbs, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Berlin, said on 22 Oct 2011: “Some observers in the nuclear financing and nuclear project management field believe that the present Bulgarian government would prefer to walk away from this project.” IF ONLY THEY COULD DO SO GRACEFULLY.

NPPs WERE FAST-TRACKED BY RUSSIA’S VLADIMIR PUTIN TROUGH THE CREATION OF NOW STATE-OWNED ROSATOM (MinAtom)  Min-Atom was reorganized as the “Russian Federal Agency on Atomic Energy” on 09 Mar 2004, and transformed to a State corporation; Passed into the law, by the Russian Parliament on Nov 2007; and signed by President Putin in early Dec, 2007. Rosatom, currently sells nuclear fuel for Bulgaria’s only existing atomic plant at Kozloduy. SEE THERE, RUSSIANS DON’T JUST BUILD NPPs, THEY WANT A CONTRACT TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN THE NPP’s FOR LIFE. They evidently also want a piece of the global “NPP And Maintenance” action sought by France’s Areva, Japanese, and now Chinese nuclear Purveyors.

FAST – FORWARD TO 04 FEB 2012 …U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Bulgaria for talks that are expected to focus on energy security.  Clinton flew to Bulgaria from the German city of Munich, where she attended an international Security Conference on 04 Feb 2012.  It seems that energy scarcity on Eastern European Countries has given the Term: “Cold-War” a new meaning.  There are hundreds of deaths reported this winter, and blamed on energy shortfalls. We feel certain she was invited there by the Bulgarian government.  

CLINTON’S BRIEF VISIT TO SOFIA , BULGARIA. During her brief visit on Sunday, 05 Feb 2012, Clinton is scheduled to meet with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. Ms. Clinton is expected to urge the Eastern European country of Bulgaria to develop new energy sources, and break its dependence on Russia for its nuclear, oil and gas supplies.  Even though NPPs were not mentioned , we must remember they are a long standing “bone of contention” between Russia’s Rosatom, and Bulgaria.

BULGARIANS “WANT OUT” OF THEIR OLD DEALS WITH RUSSIA Bulgarian study centers may give the Bulgarian government the arguments it needs to “bite the bullet”, and cancel the Belene NPP without upsetting Russia, its chief supplier of oil and natural gas. Their concern appears to be how to say: Sorry, but we just don’t want these NPPs anymore; without upsetting their political relations with their longtime ally, Russia; To that end, Bulgaria appears ready to “bite the bullet” and write-off 2.1 Billion Euros to the Belene experience.  Mark Hibbs, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Berlin, said on 22 Oct 2011: “Some observers in the nuclear financing and nuclear project management field believe that the present Bulgarian government would prefer to walk away from this project.” – IF ONLY THEY COULD DO SO GRACEFULLY.  Perhaps that is the reason Bulgaria called on “Big-Sister” Hillary Clinton to provide moral(and perhaps other) support.  This winter may be Bulgaria’s “winter of their discontent” as Russia has significantly reduced their Nat-gas supply – A squeeze play?  Only Russia knows for sure. TRUTHFULLY: RELIANCE ON ONE’S NEIGHBORS FOR ANYTHING, CAN HAVE DIRE CONSEQUENCES.  IT IS NO WONDER THEY CALL IT “ENERGY SECURITY” – SOUNDS GOOD! , EVEN IF EPHEMERAL.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez

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February 5, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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