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Nuclear power plant construction discussed

EXPERTS are considering building a new nuclear power station in Slovakia, the news wire SITA reported.

"The whole planning and construction process for a nuclear power plant lasts between 15 and 17 years. Thus, it is high time to think over another nuclear source in Slovakia," said head of the Slovak Nuclear Society (SNUS), Vladimír Slugeň, during an international conference called "The Role of Nuclear Energy in the Energy Policy of Slovakia and the European Union" on October 11.

A new nuclear power station is needed even though completion of the third and fourth blocks of the nuclear power station in Mochovce is now certain, the experts suggested.

"With another nuclear power station we would secure safe and efficient energy supplies, cover increasing demand for energy, availability of energy resources in Slovakia and reduce pollution in Slovakia," added Slugeň.

The SNUS head specified neither the locality of a potential nuclear power station nor its type.

"For now, energy experts in Slovakia have started debating the construction of a new nuclear facility and the entire project preparation could last as long as ten years," added Slugeň.

Nuclear power stations have been built in 31 countries in the world. Some countries, including Poland, Indonesia and Vietnam, are planning construction of new nuclear power stations for the first time. The US plans to increase its nuclear capacity by 50 percent over the next 20 years.

Slovakia has two active nuclear facilities. Jaslovské Bohunice has two nuclear power stations with two blocks each; one of the stations will be closed down in 2008.

The nuclear power station in Mochovce features two active and two unfinished blocks.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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