Belene is situated close to the Danube, at an equal distance between Zimnicea and Turnu Măgurele.

This system has been suspended a number of occasions on account of value and cost-effectiveness, regardless that two reactors have already been delivered by Russia.

Seven teams, together with China’s CNNC, Rosatom (Russia), Framatome (France), Basic Electrical (USA) and KHNP (South Korea), submitted bids in August 2019 to finish work on the power.

However Washington prefers to concentrate on the opposite Bulgarian nuclear web site, the energetic one at Kozloduy. The plant at the moment has two Russian reactors, however Bulgaria needs to put in an American reactor right here, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov introduced in November.

US Ambassador to Bulgaria Herro Mustafa traveled to Kozloduy on Thursday. On the finish of the go to, she proposed “a hybrid answer that may take advantage of the gear already bought for the Belene mission”. “Such a mission could be extra financially justified than different choices,” the ambassador wrote on Fb, referring to the Belene web site.

Throughout a go to to Sofia in early October, US Undersecretary of State Francis Fannon criticized this mission, which he exploited, in addition to different Russian power tasks, for political functions. “This mission is addictive (…) It’s primarily based on applied sciences that Russia refuses to make use of in its personal nation,” the US official stated on the time.

Bulgaria has additionally been harshly criticized by Washington for increasing the TurkStream gasoline pipeline, a benchmark mission in Moscow and Ankara.