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Block 2 of Hungary’s Paks NPP licensed to operate until end-2034

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Hungary’s National Atomic Energy Office (OAH) issued a license to extend the lifespan of the number 2 block of the Paks nuclear plant by 20 years until December 31, 2034, the energy office said on its website yesterday. 

OAH approved the extension after a one-year process. The plant in Paks, central Hungary, is Hungary’s only nuclear power plant. It is held and operated by MVM Paksi Atomerőmű, a unit of state-owned Hungarian electricity works MVM, which filed the request for the extension in November 2013.

OAH awarded the Paks plant a permit to extend the lifespan of its number 1 block by 20 years in December 2012. The plant’s four blocks were put into operation between 1982 and 1987 with a planned lifespan of 30 years, and Paks wanted to add another 20 years to the lifespans of the reactors. Hungary signed an intergovernmental agreement with Russia on the construction of two new blocks at Paks in January 2014.

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