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Paks upgrade minister advocates construction of further blocks

Paks upgrade minister advocates construction of further blocks

János Süli, minister without portfolio in charge of the upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant, has suggested that further blocks should be added to the planned two new blocks to meet increased demand in future.

Speaking at a conference organised by economic research firm Századvég on Thursday, the minister argued that

the country’s power demand could reach 5,000 megawatts by 2030.

Concerning the current upgrade, Süli said that construction of the site buildings would start in January next year, while construction of the actual blocks was expected to begin in 2020. The new blocks would be completed in 2026 and 2027, respectively, he added.

Süli said that the project would require between 60 and 70 site buildings such as assembly halls, workshops, and offices.

The project will employ a staff of over 8,000, he added.

The minister also noted that currently 30-32 percent of Hungary’s electricity is imported, and the new blocks are expected to utilise 93 percent of their capacity.

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Source: MTI

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