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Time to pay for Bohunice plant

ELECTRICITY consumers will pay the Sk15 billion (€385 million) debt in the state fund for the liquidation of nuclear facilities, which was created between 1972 and 1995, when the nuclear power plant in Bohunice failed to pay the contributions for its shutdown, the Pravda daily wrote.

According to the draft law on nuclear account, which should replace the fund for the liquidation of nuclear facilities, the debt will be eliminated between 2007 and 2017 through an extra charge of Sk0.10 per kilowatt-hour for the next 10 to 12 years. According to Pravda, the price of electricity should thus increase by around 2.6 percent due to the extra charge.

Italian company Enel, which will soon take a majority stake in Slovak power producer Slovenské elektrárne (SE), which include the Bohunice plant, refused to pay the debt.

The new law also proposes to decrease the SE contribution for the liquidation of nuclear facilities. Currently the payment represents Sk2.6 billion (€66 million). After 2007, the operators of nuclear facilities will pay just Sk2 billion (€51 million).

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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