Rosatom tunes in to debate on Paks upgrade

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Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom is following the debate on Hungaryʼs planned upgrade of its sole nuclear power plant in Paks, Rosatom told Hungarian news agency MTI late yesterday after the European Commission announced it had initiated an infringement procedure on the expansion.

A nuclear block in Russia, constructed and operated by Rosatom. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Ralf Roletschek)

The European Commission claims that Hungary failed to comply with EC’s public procurement rules when it awarded Rosatom the expansion of the nuclear power plant without calling a tender, and yesterday it announced officially that an infringement procedure was being launched on the matter.

The contract was awarded in the framework of an intergovernmental agreement between Hungary and Russia in which Russia agreed to finance the upgrade, MTI reported. Rosatom told MTI that it is fulfilling all of its obligations related to the upgrade, in line with the intergovernmental agreement and the contracts signed on the basis of that agreement.

Rosatom said it shares the opinions of Cabinet Chief János Lázár, who said yesterday that the contract on the upgrade will ensure that at least 60% of the project value will go to companies from Hungary or other EU member states. He added that nowhere in the EU is a nuclear power plant being built for which a tender for a general contractor has been called, MTI reported.

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