The Serbian Minister of Mining and Energy, Petar Skundric, had offered support to his country’s inclusion in the project to build a second Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in the Bulgarian Danube town of Belene.

The news was reported Saturday by the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, citing the Serbian newspaper “Blitz.”

According to the report, the Minister had stated Serbia’s participation in the Belene project would be “a good thing,” because his country has no plans to build their own NPP. Skundric further explains experts are examining the Bulgarian proposal.

“Blitz” comments that despite the fact specialists consider participation in Belene a “good idea,” it remains unclear why Serbia would take part in energy projects of a foreign country when in the last 20 years nothing has been done in the local energy sector. The article cites an opponent of the project among these experts, saying the Bulgarian NPP should not be among the priorities of the cabinet.

“Blitz” further writes that Belene will be finished in 7 years and will cost between EUR 6 and 7 B while Serbia received an offer to participate with 5% i.e. EUR 300-350 M.