In implementation of decisions of the National Assembly of 7 June 2018 and of the Council of Ministers of 29 June 2018, Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania EAD announces a call for selection of a strategic investor for the construction of Belene nuclear power plant. The call also allows for expressions of interest to acquire a minority shareholding in the future project, as well as and/or to purchase electricity from the future power plant. The purpose of the call is to provide certain information to the applicants wishing to participate in the procedure.
The Bulgarian side will participate in the project company operating "Belene" NPP with an in-kind contribution of the assets, including the licensed site, the available equipment, the issued decisions, permits, licenses and other documents related to the project. A number of conditions are laid down in the procedure with the aim of maximizing the protection of the property interest of the Bulgarian side. The Bulgarian state, through NEK EAD, reserves the right of a blocking quota when deciding on certain issues within the competence of the shareholders’ general assembly in the project company. The construction of the plant is envisaged to be carried out on a market principle, without the conclusion of long-term power purchase agreements with the state or provision of any sovereign guarantees.
An application in the procedure for selection of a strategic investor or, respectively, interest in acquiring a minority share in the project company may be submitted by Bulgarian or foreign legal entities, as well as consortium thereof. The deadline for receipt of applications shall be until the 90th day as of the date on which the call is published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The indicative deadline for completion of the procedure shall be 12 months from the date of publication of this invitation in the Official Journal of the European Union.