Výběr zpráv ze sítě NucNet - 47. týden 2005

Parliament Backs Hungary Repository and Paks Lifetime Extension Plans

Hungary’s parliament has approved the start of activities designed to pave the way for construction of a national repository for low and medium-level radioactive waste.

A resolution approved by an overwhelming majority of lawmakers on 21st November 2005 also endorsed plans to extend the lifetime of the four-unit Paks nuclear power plant.

Lawmakers voted in favour by 349 votes, with four votes against and eight abstentions, to give preliminarily approval in principle for preparatory work for a radioactive waste repository for low and medium-level waste in the administrative area of Bataapati, in the Uveghuta region.

In addition, the resolution said parliament noted work under way to extend the lifetime of the Paks plant is a necessary solution for the long-term and safe provision of electricity for the country.

In July 2005, residents of Bataapati voted to approve the construction of a final repository for low-level waste and intermediate-level radioactive waste. That vote followed a decade of geological investigation and subsequent site approval by the Hungarian Geological Survey, which described the granite of Uveghuta, a hilly, forested region of Bataapati, as suitable host rock.

Parliament’s approval was needed to proceed with the project, which could see the repository completed by 2008.

The parliamentary vote also provides strong endorsement of the Paks plant’s plans for a 20-year lifetime extension until 2037. Paks’ four VVER-440 units, which produce approximately 40% of Hungary’s domestic power supply, entered commercial operation between1983 and 1987 and have a design lifetime of 30 years, with their current licences expiring between 2012 and 2017.

Zdroj: NucNet

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