Hungary nuclear energy facilities safe in 2016 – OAH
Budapest, January 18 (MTI) – All Hungary’s 4,000 facilities that use nuclear fuel met international safety requirements in 2016, the director general of the National Atomic Energy Office (OAH) said on Wednesday.
Gyula Fichtinger told a press conference that 28 malfunctions had been recorded last year. All were classed as “no safety relevance” on the international nuclear event scale.
OAH’s deputy director said the office was expected to pass a decision in the first half of the year on granting permission for two new blocks planned to be added to Hungary’s sole nuclear power plant in Paks.
The OAH issued a licence to extend the third block’s lifespan by 20 years last year and a decision on a similar extension application for the fourth block is expected to be made by the end of 2017, he said.