Bulgarian nuclear energy sector faces serious staff deficit

Kozloduy nuclear plant, Bulgaria (Kozloudy NPP, Public domain)

Vladimir Putin responds to the U.S. sanctions against Russia

Two new companies to be engaged in natural gas supplies

Bulgaria

Bulgaria is facing shortages of employees trained to work in the nuclear energy sector. Radio Bulgaria reports that it is likely “the country will continue to have nuclear units but will not have people to operate them”. The number of those willing to study nuclear energy has declined two-fold recently (although the particular period was not indicated). The Radio quotes Valentin Nikolov, Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary Energy Committee (MP of from the ruling party Gerb), saying the average age of Kozloduy NPP employees exceeds 45 years, while “some time ago” it was 40 years.

Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant, located near the border with Romania, is the only plant in the region. It’s construction started in the 1970s. Now it manages 2 pressurized water reactors with a total output of 200 MWe.

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Russia and USA

On Friday, July 28th, we informed that the American Senate had passed a bill imposing sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. Now the bill waits for the President’s signature. The New York Times reports, after Russian Interfax, that Russia retaliates for it. Russian President described the new American measures as “proposed illegal sanctions” and announced retaliation if they become law. Putin informed the US has to reduce embassy’s staff by 755 employees (now it’s 1,000), and added that further measures against American interests are available. Putin commented “Russia had run of patience waiting for relations with the United States to improve.”

At the same time Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has praised the adoption of the new sanctions. He has written on his page on Facebook: “Grateful for the support by the U.S. Congress of a new package of sanctions against Russia. This is a resolute message of unity and solidarity in support of Ukraine by the American parliament.”.

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Lithuania

The Baltic Course informs Latvian company Latvijas Gaze and Swiss company Verum Plus have got licenses to trade natural gas. The permissions were issued by the Lithuanian Control Commission of Prices and Energy.

The firms will be engaged in natural gas supplies operations in Lithuania – where 33 companies already have gas supply licenses but only 8 run operations.

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What’s up in indexes

BET (of Bucharest) decreased from 8,326.63 index points Thursday, July 27th to 8,303.03 index points Friday, July 28th. It’s down 0.28 per cent d/d and up 24.06 per cent y/y.

BUX (of Budapest) decreased from 35,828.70 index points Thursday, July 27th to 35,750.65 index points Friday, July 28th. It’s down 0.22 per cent d/d and up 29.40 per cent y/y.

CROBEX (of Zagreb) decreased from 1,888.11 index points Thursday, July 27th to 1,884.55 index points Friday, July 28th. It’s down 0.19 per cent and up 6.23 per cent y/y.

OMXR (of Riga) increased from 990.01 index points Thursday, July 27th to 992.53 index points Friday, July 28th. It’s up 0.25 per cent d/d and up 54.61 per cent y/y.

OMXT (of Tallinn) increased from 1,238.31 index points Thursday, July 27th to 1,242.45 index points Friday, July 28th. It’s up 0.33 per cent d/d and up 23.79 per cent y/y.

OMXV (of Vilnius) increased from 622.79 index points Thursday, July 27th to 626.53 index points Friday, July 28th. It’s up 0.60 per cent d/d and up 14.72 per cent y/y.

PX (of Prague) decreased from 1,014.89 index points Thursday, July 27th to 1,008.33 index points Friday, July 28th. It’s down 0.65 per cent d/d and up 13.65 per cent y/y.

SAX (of Bratislava) decreased from 336.13 index points Thursday, July 27th to 332.53 index points Friday, July 28th. It’s down 1.07 per cent d/d and up 7.37 per cent y/y.   

SOFIX (of Sofia) decreased from 711.64 index points Thursday, July 27th to 710.98 index points Friday, July 28th. It’s down 0.09 per cent d/d and up 55.31 per cent y/y.

UX (of Kyiv) increased from 1,088.03 index points Thursday, July 27th to 1,121.94 index points Friday, July 28th. It’s up 3.12 per cent d/d and up 54.75 per cent y/y.

WIG20 (of Warsaw) increased from 2,350.91 index points Thursday, July 27th to 2,360.42 index points Friday, July 28th. It’s up 0.40 per cent d/d and up 31.98 per cent y/y.