Bulgaria will seek opportunities to build a hydropower facility with a bridge at Nikopol - Turnu Magurele with Chinese investments.
This was announced by the Prime Minister Oresharski involved in the Economic Forum of the countries from Central and Eastern Europe and China in Bucharest. He agreed with the Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta to negotiate with the Chinese counterpart to attract investors in the common Bulgarian-Romanian project for the construction of hydropower plant and bridge. The idea is to build the facility on concession in order not to involve public resource. This project is not cheap and Bulgaria can’t separate budgets, explained Oresharski.
About the building of 7th unit of NPP "Kozloduy" with reactor by the American company "Westinghouse", the Prime Minister assured that it is not self-initiative of the economy minister. Preparation for this project was launched by the previous government. He added that the government is considering whether it should be a competition for the building of this project, but he wanted to support a nuclear diversification and not just one supplier and one operator.
The question is not predetermined. There is a long road for this project Oresharski said, adding that the 8th nuclear unit is not considered.
During the forum, it became clear that Bulgaria will seek Chinese investment for construction of a highway "Black Sea" and the tunnel under Shipka.
Oresharski and Ponta also agreed both governments to hold a joint meeting in February 2014 in Sofia. On the event will be invited also the Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic. The aim is to achieve better coordination of projects on the Danube Strategy. On the meeting will be discussed also general large-scale energy projects to attract Chinese investors.
Oresharski and Ponta identified measures so that navigation on the Danube to become all year-round. They agreed to review the 1995 Agreement for dredging.