Since railway transport was impossible due to the Russian-Ukrainian war, Russians delivered nuclear fuel on a plane to Hungary again. Péter Szijjártó said that in a Facebook post after Hungarian media wrote that their readers spotted a Russian plane in Hungarian airspace early in the morning. Szijjártó added that the fuel was delivered by one of the planes of Volga-Dnepr Airlines.
According to the Hungarian foreign minister, nuclear energy is crucial in the Hungarian energy mix. The nuclear power plant in Paks provides 2000 megawatts of electricity since all the four blocks function on maximum performance. To do so, the nuclear power plant needs fuel – telex.hu reported.
He added that it arrived in Paks this morning.
The Russian plane flew through the airspace of Belarus, Poland and Slovakia to land in Hungary. Importantly, nuclear energy is not yet concerned with the EU sanctions. Therefore, transporting it is not problematic. Interestingly, the nuclear power plant in Paks provides 50 pc of Hungary’s electricity production. Furthermore, it supplies 1/3rd of the needs, so it is vital to have enough fuel in time, the minister cleared in his statement.
The last time nuclear fuel arrived in Hungary was on 7 April, we reported about that delivery HERE. The plane needed a special permit to fly into Hungary.
The advantage of one’s own energy supply is very important, Szijjártó pointed out in connection with the case then. The importance of self-sufficiency in energy is now evident after the Russian-Ukrainian war. This is the Paks nuclear power plant for Hungary. Thanks to this nuclear power plant, Hungary is less exposed to the effects of the world market, he added.
The nuclear power plant in Paks was built between 1976 and 1982 using Russian technology and supply.
Concerning its Russian upgrade, PM Viktor Orbán said in an international press conference following his landslide victory on the general elections on 3 April that Hungary had a general objection against the sanctions. But “since unity within the EU is important, Hungary approves such measures as long as they do not impact vital Hungarian interests”.
Current plans for EU sanctions “affect no component of nuclear energy”, therefore, the Paks project “could continue under the agreements made earlier”, he said. The project, the Hungarian PM added, had “suffered many attacks” without which the upgraded plant could have been operational by 2023 and “Hungary could take the current energy crisis more easily”.
Source: telex.hu, DNH