AFTER Slovakia started closing one of its older nuclear power stations in Jaslovské Bohunice in 2006 to meet EU admission conditions, the country lost its position as an electricity exporter and in 2007 became an importer. In 2009, Slovakia imported 1,312 GWh, or 4.79 percent of its consumption, the TASR newswire reported, citing a report by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic (ÚJD).
In 2008 Slovakia imported 521 GWh of electricity or 1.75 percent of its consumption and in 2007 about 1,725 GWh or 5.8 percent of consumption.
Power consumption totalled 27,386 GWh in 2009, while domestic production was only 26,074 GWh. Slovakia’s nuclear power stations generated 14,081 GWh or 51.42 percent of total consumption. Thermal power stations generated 4,768 GWh, or 17.41 percent, and hydroelectric power stations generated 4,662 GWh, or 17.02 percent of consumption. Power stations at factories and renewable resources generated 2,563 GWh, or 9.36 percent of power consumed.
ÚJD pointed out that the status of Slovakia should change as early as in 2012, when the third unit of the nuclear power station in Mochovce should be put into operation. The fourth unit should start generating electricity in 2013.
19. Aug 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff