Environmental Impact Assessment for radioactive waste treatment, Bulgaria (Deadline: 30 October 2009)

24 August 2009

Project name: Facility for Treatment and Conditioning of Solid Radioactive Wastes with a High Volume Reduction Factor - EIA


John Bourke, Kozloduy NPP, Kozloduy Project Management Unit (KPMU), 3321 Kozloduy, Bulgaria. Tel: + 359 973 7 64 22. Fax: + 359 973 7 45 08. E-mail: kpmu@npp.bg

Country: Bulgaria

Business sector: Nuclear Safety

Project ID: 17149

Funding source: KIDSF

Type of contract: Consultancy Services

Type of notice: Invitation for Expressions of Interest

Issue date: 04 August 2009

Closing date: 30 October 2009 at 15:00, Bulgarian time



Six (6) units have been installed on Kozloduy NPP Site; four (4) units type WWER 440 and 2 units type WWER 1000.

The WWER 440 units are no longer in operation; units 1 and 2 were shut down at the end of 2006, and units 3 and 4 at the end of 2007. Currently, these four (4) units are under decommissioning and being prepared for dismantling. The works, goods and services required by the decommissioning and dismantling operations are financed by the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund (KIDSF), which is managed and administrated by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The procurement of these works, goods and services are projects which are managed by a Project Management Unit (PMU).

During the process of decommissioning and dismantling, additional solid radwastes (low and intermediate level) will be generated. Currently, the free volume for on-site storage is limited. Projections show that with the retrieval of solid radioactive wastes and the generation of fresh solid radioactive wastes, the existing storage facility is not going to have sufficient capacity. As a consequence, a facility allowing a high volume reduction factor is to be installed at KNPP. Among the currently available technologies, the Plasma Melting Technology will achieve the volume reduction factor required and a Plasma Melting Facility will be installed at KNPP for processing the Solid Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Wastes currently stored and for the future wastes to be generated.

The assignment has to be carried out in compliance with the relevant environmental standards and regulations of Bulgaria and in compliance with the EBRD's Environmental and Public Information Policies. Under the EBRD Environmental Policy the project would be screened as A-level, requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment and public consultation as set out in the Bank's Environmental Policy. This invitation for expressions of interest relates to this EIA and the associated public consultation.

The EIA process and the EIA document should meet the requirements set out in the Bulgarian legislation and in the EU EIA Directive. Public information and consultation should meet the requirements as set out in the EIA Directive and in the EBRD's Environmental Policy and Public Information Policy; both of which can be found on EBRD's website (www.ebrd.com).

The Consultant will be responsible for the entire EIA process (Public information and Public discussions included) and the preparation of all necessary documentation (particularly the EIA report), in both Bulgarian and English language.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: Anticipated start date is July 2010 for a duration of about 15 months.

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