Application for Paks II reactor vessels permit submitted

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An application for a permit to produce the reactor vessels of the two blocks being added at Paks, Hungary's sole commercial nuclear power plant, has been submitted to the National Atomic Energy Authority (OAH), the minister in charge of the upgrade told state news wire MTI on Tuesday.

The VVER-1200 reactor vessels will be manufactured over a period of about three years in the Russian city of Volgodonsk, under the scrutiny of Russian and Hungarian experts, János Süli said after giving testimony before parliament's Sustainable Development Committee.

He said the OAH had judged Paks II's implementation license application to be "extremely thorough".

The OAH had until the end of September to issue the implementation license for the two blocks, but said in October that it had requested "further clarification" for the procedure. The OAH acknowledged that the documentation submitted by Paks II was "very thorough in several respects", but said "further assessment and analysis is needed in some areas, taking into account the recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency's mission".

The four existing blocks at the Paks plant account for about half of domestic electricity generation.

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