Assistant energy secretary for international affairs Andrew Light (seated, left) and Bulgarian energy minister Rumen Radev (seated, right) sign the new agreement in Bulgaria. (Photo: U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria)
Officials from the United States and Bulgaria inked a deal this week to cooperate as Bulgaria further develops its civil nuclear power program.
A working group will explore plans to design, construct, and commission two new units at Bulgaria’s Kozloduy nuclear power plant. The two countries will also “explore collaboration on research and training programs and developing Bulgaria's nuclear supply chain resilience,” according to reports.
The Khmelnitskiy nuclear power plant, site of Ukraine's planned new reactors. (Photo: RLuts)
Ukraine plans to start construction on four new nuclear plants this summer or fall, the country’s energy minister said in televised remarks today.
The quicker timeline aims to compensate Ukraine for lost energy capacity as its war with Russia continues. Ukraine’s government, however, still needs to sign off on the plans.
“We need vessels,” said energy minister German Galushchenko.
Energoatom’s Zaporizhzhia plant, in southeastern Ukraine. (Photo: Energoatom)
Latest on Zaporizhzhia: As of this morning, Russian military forces have taken control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The Russian military began shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southeastern Ukraine, resulting in a fire at the site on Thursday.
India’s Kudankulam plant, during the June 29 Unit 5 construction launch ceremony. Photo: Rosatom
Work on the third phase of the multi-reactor project at India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant formally commenced earlier this week with the first pouring of concrete into the foundation plate of the Unit 5 reactor building.