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Authority backs plan to extend lifespan of Paks power plant

The Hungarian atomic energy authority (OAH) said that measures contained in the Paks nuclear power plant's proposed plan to extend the operations of the facility's blocks beyond their stipulated lifespan would be effective for this purpose, Paks nuclear power plant informed MTI following an OAH review of the plan.

Paks Nuclear Power Plant submitted the plan in November 2008.

OAH found did not find any shortfall which would exclude the extension. It outlined, however, several hundred additional minor measures that should be taken or steps to increase the plant's efficiency.

The OAH said that it will issue final approval for operation of the blocks beyond their prescribed lifespan on a block-by-block basis.

The lifespan of the Paks nuclear power plant's first block expires at the end of 2012, thus requiring that the plant submit its final plan to extend operations of the block to the OAH at the end of 2011.

The Paks Nuclear Power Plant currently operates four blocks, three of which have a capacity of 300 MW on one of which will be raised to 500MW by the end of the year. (MTI – Econews)