On July 25, 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, a solemn ceremony of signing the final acts on the executed works as per the contract between Kozloduy NPP and Consortium Rusatom Service - Risk Engineering was held. The contract aimed at feasibility study execution for possible life extension of the power unit No. 6 to 60 years.
The transfer protocol was signed by the Director General of Kozloduy NPP Mr. Ivan Andreev and Director General of Rusatom Service JSC Mr. Yevgeny Salkov.
The event was attended by Energy Minister of Bulgaria Mrs Temenuzhka Petkova, First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business of ROSATOM Mr. Kirill Komarov, representatives of Kozloduy NPP, Bulgarian Energy Holding, Nuclear Regulatory Agency of Bulgaria and Rosatom enterprises, such as Rusatom Service JSC, Rosenergoatom Concern JSC, JSC OKB GIDROPRESS, who participated in the project.
The results of the work carried out within the framework of the project showed that the equipment, construction structures and systems examined are in good working order and, considering the existing maintenance and repair system, can be safely operated until 2051, subject to work on managing the resource characteristics and implementing recommendations specified in the conclusions.
“Together with our partners we have done a tremendous job. The successful implementation of the project made it possible thanks to the exceptionally responsible approach to the project by Russian and Bulgarian specialists, as well as cultural affinity and an atmosphere of trust. Our cooperation with Bulgaria in the field of nuclear energy counts over half of a century. Given the unique experience of ROSATOM, we will be happy to provide comprehensive support to Bulgarian colleagues on other nuclear energy projects”, Mr. Kirill Komarov said.
"The main priority for the Bulgarian Government is to preserve the potential and to develop nuclear energy in accordance with international standards of environmental protection and human health. Last year the power unit No. 5 at the Kozloduy NPP received a new ten-year license, today the project of extension the operating life of the 6th power unit is one of our most important tasks", Mrs. Petkova said.
Rusatom Service JSC is a member of the "Electric Power" division of The Rosatom State Corporation. The company provides full range of services and supplies required for maintenance and repair for the foreign nuclear power plants that operate VVER-type reactors. Now, the company has been present on the market in almost every country with existing NPP VVER power units outside Russia. The Rusatom Service holds leading positions in the markets of China, Iran, Bulgaria and Armenia and acts as a general contractor of works for lifetime extension, implementation of scheduled preventive maintenance and upgrading the equipment at VVER nuclear power plants.