Slovakia will continue to rely on nuclear energy for the foreseeable future, according to the country’s Economy Minster Tomáš Malatinský. "Slovakia is planning the long-term use of nuclear power in its energy mix, since it significantly contributes to energy security and thus economic independence," said Malatinský at a conference on Monday, November 26, on EU common energy policy and energy security.
Slovakia currently operates two nuclear units at NPP V2 Jaslovské Bohunice with a total installed capacity of 1,010 megawatts, and two nuclear units at EMO Mochovce with 940 MW installed capacity. Power utility SE is currently completing a project at Mochovce of two more nuclear units, which will have an installed capacity of 880 megawatts. "In the electrical energy sector we currently have nearly an even balance of production and consumption. After the third and fourth units at EMO go into service, our country will have a surplus balance and become an exporter," said Malatinský as quoted by the SITA newswire.
Slovakia is still contemplating the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Jaslovské Bohunice, in place of the currently decommissioned NPP V1. According to a feasibility study, this power plant could have an installed capacity of 2,400 megawatts. The minister concluded that Slovakia and its neighboring countries need not be concerned about the safety of its nuclear power plants.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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