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Slovakia committed to nuclear energy

The completion of the third and fourth reactors at the Mochovce nuclear power plant (Nitra Region) is a priority not only for Slovak electricity producer Slovenské Elektrárne (SE), but also for the whole Slovakia, said SE general director Paolo Ruzzini at a press conference that was held in Bratislava on May 10 to mark the 50th anniversary of nuclear energy in Slovakia.

Ruzzini said the work on the reactors will create around 3,500 new jobs. SE currently employs 3,200 people. The Italian energy company Enel, which owns a 66-percent stake in SE, is committed to investing Sk110 billion (€3.275 billion) in Slovakia, with most of the money going towards the completion of the Mochovce plant.

Ruzzini also said that SE wants to maintain an "energy mix" in Slovakia, and will support other energy sources.

In 2006, SE produced 57 percent of its energy from nuclear sources, while fossil-fuel and hydro-electric power plants each produced 21 percent.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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