Szijjártó Holds to 2030-31 Date for Paks II Completion


Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said he was sticking to the 2030-2031 target dates for putting two new blocks into operation at Hungary's Paks nuclear power plant at a press conference on Wednesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Speaking after a meeting with Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko in Budapest, Szijjártó said the Russian government could approve modifications to the financial contract on the construction of the blocks "within days", after which the amended implementation contract could be signed.

"The point is that we've taken every legal measure to accelerate the Paks investment," he added.

"For my part, I continue to stick to the 2030-2031 dates for putting the blocks into operation, and I've said that at all the meetings with Rosatom executives, who have not protested, at least not yet," he said.

Rosatom is the general contractor for the construction of the two blocks.

Work on the cut-off wall to mitigate the flow of groundwater has started at the Paks II site, and groundwork under the planned number six block will begin in August, Mr Szijjarto said. Implementation plans for soil consolidation at the site are in the process of being finalized, he added.

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

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Rosatom said its unit ASE had started the initial phase of work at Paks, including the construction of the cut-off wall, on July 3.

The cut-off wall will be 1 m thick, 32 m deep, and 2.5 km long.

The guaranteed lifespan of the two new Paks blocks will be 60 years, Rosatom said.

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