Soil excavation for Unit 6 has started

9/5/23 3:22 PM
The Paks II. project has reached another important milestone with the start of the soil excavation for Unit 6 – Péter Szijjártó announced.

The minister reported that the soil excavation for Unit 6 of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant has started, first to a depth of five meters, after the same has already been done for the planned Unit 5, MTI reported. To give an idea of the scale of the work, Péter Szijjártó pointed out that as a result of the latter, about one million cubic meters of soil had to be removed from the site, and thirty to forty trucks are currently carrying away the soil excavated by the eight machines. He highlighted that at some locations of Unit 6, excavation will have to be carried out to a depth of 23 meters.

Foreign minister Péter Szijjártó also pointed out that in the meantime, the cut-off wall works, which are extremely important for stability and safety, are underway, and some 700 meters have already been built. In addition, construction of the reactor pressure vessel is underway in Russia.

„This means that completion of the works by 2030 remains a realistic target” – he said.

The minister said that the expansion of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant is an essential element of Hungary's long-term energy security, as it will enable Hungary to produce around 70 percent of the electricity the country consumes.