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Bohunice prepares for EU tests

“JASLOVSKÉ Bohunice meets safety criteria regarding natural disasters and accidents as well as the safety of citizens,” Prime Minister Iveta Radičová said after visiting the nuclear power plant on May 3, adding that the facility fulfils the basic indicators for the stress tests that all nuclear facilities within the EU must complete by the end of 2011, the ČTK newswire reported.

“JASLOVSKÉ Bohunice meets safety criteria regarding natural disasters and accidents as well as the safety of citizens,” Prime Minister Iveta Radičová said after visiting the nuclear power plant on May 3, adding that the facility fulfils the basic indicators for the stress tests that all nuclear facilities within the EU must complete by the end of 2011, the ČTK newswire reported.

Investments of €500 million are planned for the Jaslovské Bohunice power plant to increase its safety margin and secure success in the EU stress tests, ČTK added.

A new nuclear plant that has been planned for the same site will be delayed by at least five years, according to Slovakia's Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ÚJD), because of a delay in preparing the feasibility study for the project and the expected necessity of establishing new safety parameters after the stress tests are completed at all EU nuclear power facilities.

The new power plant would occupy the site where Slovakia phased out two older units of the V1 power plant in Jaslovské Bohunice in western Slovakia as a condition for entering the EU. The ÚJD stated it does not expect the new facility to be launched before 2025, ČTK wrote.


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