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Power producer losing power

SLOVENSKÉ elektrárne (SE), the dominant power producer in Slovakia, will lose around a fifth of its production capacity within the next three years, the Pravda daily wrote.

As a result of the commitments to the EU, the SE will have to close one block of the Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear power plant in 2006. The second block will be closed in 2008. Also, a third of the Vojany power plant's capacities will be shut down because of the existing emission quotas. Together this represents 1,320 mega-watts of output.

Italian company Enel, which will take over SE next year, admitted that it would not be able to replace the lost output very soon. For at least five years, the SE will therefore shrink and if its effectiveness is not increased, Slovakia will have to import more energy from abroad.

By 2011 Enel sees it as realistic to launch new power sources of a combined output of around 1,200 mega-watts.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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