Bulgarian nuclear power plant starts a transition from Russian fuel
Kozloduy nuclear power plant (NPP) signed an agreement with Westinghouse Electric Sweden, for the supply of fresh nuclear fuel, diversifying away from Russia. The contract has a term of 10 years and will bring enough fuel to cover the needs of one of Kozloduy NPPs' two operating 1000 MW reactors. The contractor is the European branch of U.S. based Westinghouse Electric. France's Framatome will probably sign a similar agreement to supply fresh fuel for the other reactor, which will ensure that Bulgaria will have alternative suppliers for the whole amount of fuel imported from Russia until recently. The nuclear fuel contracted with Westinghouse is supposed to arrive in 2024, when the current supplies will run out.
Road vignette becomes 10% cheaper
If you buy a road vignette after the 1st of January, it will be have a lower price. This means the Bulgarian state will lose some of the money from the main revenue stream of the road-taxation system, even though there is still not enough money coming from the other source - the toll taxes paid by vehicles over 3.5 tonnes for the use of Bulgarian roads. The strange populist decision was made by the last elected cabinet in order to win public support, while the regional development ministry struggled with the transportation companies over the rise in toll taxes.
Vera Su finds a buyer
The Panama-flagged ship which ran aground near Kavarna last year and was salvaged and confiscated by the Bulgarian state, was sold for a meager 276 thousand dollars. This is a fraction of the 2.9 million levs (approx. 1.6 million dollars) spent for salvaging the vessel that carried Russian-made fertilizers. The new owner is Varsa Shipping, an offshore company.