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Mochovce to be completed in 2014/15

THE COMPLETION of the second two units of the Mochovce nuclear power station will cost more and will take longer than originally planned. Initially, costs were projected at €2.8 billion and the units were supposed to commence operation during 2012 and 2013. Now the costs are estimated at €3.8 billion and the launch of the third block has been delayed until 2014 and the fourth until 2015. Fulvio Conti, chief executive of the Italian energy company Enel, which owns 66 percent in the power generator Slovenské Elektrárne (SE), announced the latest developments at an Enel Group press conference in Rome in mid March, the SITA newswire reported.

Construction of Mochovce is continuing.Construction of Mochovce is continuing. (Source: SITA/Enel)

THE COMPLETION of the second two units of the Mochovce nuclear power station will cost more and will take longer than originally planned. Initially, costs were projected at €2.8 billion and the units were supposed to commence operation during 2012 and 2013. Now the costs are estimated at €3.8 billion and the launch of the third block has been delayed until 2014 and the fourth until 2015. Fulvio Conti, chief executive of the Italian energy company Enel, which owns 66 percent in the power generator Slovenské Elektrárne (SE), announced the latest developments at an Enel Group press conference in Rome in mid March, the SITA newswire reported.

Conti ascribes the increase in the planned costs primarily to additional measures taken to improve the safety of the nuclear units based on the results of stress tests conducted after the nuclear accident in Japan’s Fukushima.

“All the reasons were of a technical character, including the increase in installed capacity,” Conti said, as quoted by SITA.

The aggregate installed capacity of the third and the fourth blocks of the Mochovce power station was uprated from an original 880 MW to almost 1,000 MW.

SE resumed construction of the third and fourth units of the Mochovce nuclear plant in 2008. The first unit was put into operation in 1998 and the second in 2000.

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