Nuclear to dominate Bulgaria’s power mix to 2030

May 18, 2021, 7:01AMNuclear News
Source: GlobalData Power Intelligence Center

Nuclear power will remain the dominant source of electricity generation in Bulgaria until 2030, despite the national government’s plans to add a substantial amount of renewable capacity this decade, says GlobalData, a U.K.-based data and analytics company. (According to a national strategy blueprint published on the Bulgarian parliament’s website last year, the country is targeting an additional 2,645 MW of installed capacity from renewable sources by the end of 2030.)

“Bulgaria’s electricity market is currently in transition, with the government slowly decreasing its coal power capacity in order to replace it with renewable power capacity,” said Pavan Vyakaranam, practice head at GlobalData, in a May 12 news release. “During this shift, the government plans to rely on nuclear power generation to meet the major electricity demand. Nuclear power generation was 15.9 TWh in 2020, making its share 44 percent in total power generation in the country, and this is expected to remain above 40 percent until 2030.”

In case you missed it: Last October, during a visit to Kozloduy—Bulgaria’s only nuclear power plant—Prime Minister Boyko Borissov stated that his country would construct a new reactor at the facility using American technology. The following week, the U.S. and Bulgarian governments signed a nuclear cooperation memorandum of understanding.

In January of this year, however, the Bulgarian Council of Ministers approved plans to build a seventh Kozloduy unit using Russian-supplied equipment purchased for the stalled Belene project, rather than U.S.-based Westinghouse’s AP 1000 technology. And in February, Portland, Ore.–based NuScale Power signed an MOU with Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant–New Build Plc (KNPP-NB) to discuss the possible deployment of NuScale’s small modular reactor technology at the site. (KNPP-NB was established in 2012 to commission new nuclear power capacity at Kozloduy.)

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