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Fico: Cabinet interested in Mochovce

THE SLOVAK government is interested in the completion of the third and fourth reactor blocks at the Mochovce nuclear power plant in western Slovakia's Nitra region, Prime Minister Robert Fico said at a recent news conference.

Fico and Fulvio Conti, the head of Italian energy group Enel, which acquired a 66 percent stake in the Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) power company this year, discussed the issue at a meeting in Bratislava on December 4.

Within the next three months, Enel should submit a study on the completion of the two reactor blocks to the Slovak government. The study should definitively determine the future of the investment.

Due to a promise Slovakia made to the EU upon entry in 2004, it is scheduled to close part of the Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear plant in the west of the country over the next two years, thereby losing up to 25 percent of its current generating capacity.

"We realize the danger of the situation in which Slovakia will find itself after the two reactor blocks at the Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear power plant are closed," Fico said.

According to the PM, the completion of the two reactor blocks at the Mochovce nuclear power plant would cost around €1.6 billion, and would employ around 5,000 people over a five-year period.

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