Budapest, July 15 (MTI) – The general technical planning process of the upgrade of two Paks nuclear blocks should be completed during 2015 and 2016, Attila Aszodi, the government commissioner for the project, said on Wednesday.

Planning and licencing are scheduled for the period of 2015-2017 and work can start in 2018, he told MTI.

Planning work will be carried out by Atomprojekt, a St Petersburg-based holding of Rosatom, the project’s main contractor, Aszodi said.

The project company plans to submit its preliminary safety information document to the nuclear safety authority, the OAH, in the summer of 2015, he said. The preliminary safety report itself, to be completed by the Russian contractor and its subcontractors, are scheduled to be ready for submission to the OEH by the autumn of 2016, he added.

Hungary signed an agreement on Jan. 14, 2014, on the construction of two blocks at the Paks nuclear power plant by Russia’s Rosatom. Russia is lending Hungary 10 billion euros at variable rates of 3.95-4.95 percent interest to cover 80 percent of the project’s costs.

The new blocks are planned to go online in 2025 and 2026.



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