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Economy minister sees 2009 energy crisis

SLOVAKIA will face an energy crisis in 2009 due to a shortage of electrical energy, Economy Minister Pavol Rusko has warned.

In 2008, two blocks of the Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear power plant will be decommissioned and cease production, yet the third and fourth blocks of the Mochovce nuclear plant will not be fully operational, the news wire SITA wrote.

Slovakia will have an electricity production shortage of 1,600 megawatts in 2009, experts estimate.

The country will not be able to import the missing energy, as the country's dominant electricity transmission provider, Slovenská elektrizačná prenosová sústava, does not have the capacity to import so much electricity.

Rusko proposed a system of energy allotment as a solution. "We will have no other possibility," he said.

Rusko is a strong advocate of finishing construction of the Mochovce plant.

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