Work Resumes On Completion of Slovakia’s
Mochovce-3 and -4
4 Nov (NucNet): Work on the completion of
units 3 and 4 of the Mochovce nuclear power plant in
western Slovakia resumed yesterday.
Slovak prime minister Robert Fico attended a ceremony to
mark the start of completion of the two Soviet-type
VVER-440 pressurised water reactors.
The Slovak Nuclear Society said utility Slovenske
Elektrarne will invest about 1.8 billion euro (2.3
billion US dollars) in the completion of the units.
The new units are intended to compensate for the loss of
electricity production resulting from the closure of two
units at the Bohunice nuclear power plant (also known as
Bohunice V1). Unit 1 at Bohunice was shut down
permanently in 2007 in line with commitments made by
Slovakia when it joined the EU in May 2004. Unit 2 is
scheduled for closure next month.
Construction of Mochovce-3 and -4 began in 1987, but was
halted five years later. Technology at the units was 30
percent complete and civil structures were 70 percent
According to the Slovak Nuclear Society, Slovenske
Elektrarne is trying to keep to the planned deadline for
completion of Mochovce-3 in 2012 and Bohunice-4 in 2013.
All construction permits needed for the resumption of
work have been granted.
Enel of Italy, the majority owner of Slovenske
Elektrarne, also plans to uprate Mochovce’s two
existing operational units.
Enel chief executive officer Fluvio Conti today
reiterated Enel’s intention to push for another new
reactor unit at Bohunice.
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