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VARNA, Bulgaria, May 30 (Itar-Tass) — An international conference on the theme of "Bulgarian Nuclear Power Enginering -- National, Regional and World Energy Safety" begins here on Wednesday. Executives of leading companies of the world and national organizations of the nuclear sector from Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, the United States, Britain, Germany, Belgium, and Romania will participate in the conference.s
A prolongation of the operation of fifth and sixth power units at the country's only Kozlodui nuclear power station (NPS) will be one of the main subjects of discussion affectng the future of the Bulgarian nuclear power industry. Participants in the conference are also to consider varions versions of the construction of a seventh power unit to be fitted out with a reactor which was originally intended for a Belene NPS. The Bulgarian government abandoned the implementation of the Belene project at the end of March this year.
An analysis, carried out by the British HSBC Bank about advisability of building a Belene NPS project is to be presented at the conference sittings. An order for such an analysis had been placed by the Bulgarian authorities previously.
Participants in the conference will also discuss the impact of the Fukushia-1 NPS breakdown on the nuclear power industry, prospects for its development in European Union countries, and a tendency towards enhaned interest in the sector on the part of countries in the Middle East and NorthAfrica.
The forum is to be attended by executives of the Franco-German Areva NP S.A.S. Company, the Australian Worley Parsons engineering company, the Ukrainian Radiy (radium) research and production association, and the Bulgarian firm Risk Engineering and Bulatom. The Russian side will be represented at the conference by the Radiko research and production association.
Yuri Isakov, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Bulgaria, will make a report on the development of nucler power engineering in Russia and the world.
The international conference on nuclear powe industry problems will continue until June 1.