Hungary will have no long-term secure power supply without the expansion of its sole nuclear plant, Paks 2, and there’s no doubt about its competitiveness, János Süli, the minister without portfolio responsible for overseeing the project, said on Friday.

Speaking at a press conference before the start of a conference on Hungary’s long-term electricity supply and the role of nuclear power, Süli said the expansion of the nuclear power plant would not stand in opposition to renewables but the two in tandem would address the question of the country’s electricity supply over the long term.

He said a study prepared by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency presented at the Budapest conference showed what was the ratio of renewables and nuclear energy that could be reached economically to deliver affordable prices for residential and industrial consumers.

In reply to a question, Süli said the request for a permit to build Paks 2 would be submitted once it can be guaranteed that the permit will be granted, but he declined to offer a specific date.

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Source: MTI

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