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Jahnátek: Electricity shortage covered by Ukraine; No negative impact from Mochovce

The Slovak Government intends to make up for the temporary shortage of electricity (caused by the recent decommissioning of two blocks of the nuclear power station Jaslovské Bohunice) by importing it through a one-way electrical connection from Ukraine, Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek said on November 19. An agreement among all parties has been reached by an organisation called the Union for the Coordination of Transmission of Electricity (UCTE), as well as the EU.

Moreover, Jahnátek discussed enhancing Slovakia's activities and cooperation within UCTE with its President Jose Penedoso and Secretary General Marcel Bial in Brussels. He updated the two UCTE officials on the current energy situation in Slovakia, particularly with respect to the safety of imports, and presented them with Slovakia's Energy Security Strategy to 2030.

Meanwhile, an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) commissioned by electricity generator Slovenské elektrárne (SE) has concluded that construction of the third and fourth reactor blocks at the nuclear power plant in Mochovce (EMO) won't have a negative effect on the environment.

According to the study, the project would have many advantages, ranging from the reduction of greenhouse gases to economic benefits. SE's majority owner, the Italian company Enel, commissioned the study from a company called Golder Associates (US), which has been working in the field of environmental engineering for almost 50 years.

After the completion of the two blocks at the power plant, the joint output of all four blocks is expected to reach 1,760 MW, which would contribute to securing Slovakia's electricity supply. The 40-year operational plan includes the handling of spent fuel and radioactive waste from the plant. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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