Budapest, November 17 (MTI) – The public consultation which is part of the environmental licensing of the Paks nuclear power station’s planned expansion has been completed and the licence is expected to be issued in two months, government commissioner Attila Aszodi said on Tuesday.

The projects’s implementation licence is expected to be received by the end of 2017 and construction could be started in 2018, he told the press. A total of 6,000 licences need to be acquired for the expansion project, he added.

Two new blocks of the nuclear power station are planned to start operation from late 2023 or early 2024. They will join the national electricty production network in 2025 and 2026, he said.

Aszodi said that in recent years, Hungary’s gross electricty consumption increased by 1 percent annually. Last year, 32 percent of electricty resulted from imports, mostly from coal-based power stations, but the European Union plans to phase these out for environmental reasons.


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