István Lenkei: nuclear energy provides stable electricity supply - Paks 2 EN
István Lenkei: nuclear energy provides stable electricity supply
12/4/18 7:00 AM
Information was presented on the establishment of new nuclear power plant units by the management of Paks II. Ltd. at a conference organized jointly by the Department of Building Services and Process Engineering of BME, the Hungarian, the Budapest and Pest County Chamber of Engineers, together with building services organizations.
For the stability and predictability of the electricity system and the reduction of import exposure, a decision was made on the construction of two new nuclear power plant units. They are not rivals, but on the contrary, they complement each other: the renewable sources and the nuclear energy that is cheap, reliable and climate-friendly” – said Lenkei István, CEO of Paks II. Nuclear Power Plant Ltd. At the 30 November conference organized jointly by the Department of Building Services and Process Engineering of BME, the Hungarian, the Budapest and Pest County Chamber of Engineers, together with building services organizations, the share of geothermal and nuclear energy in the energetic structure was a hot topic. Through the lectures by István Lenkei, Miklós Horváth, Licensing and Quality Supervision Director and Gábor Kovács, Technical Director, the participants received detailed information on the Paks II. project.
CEO István Lenkei pointed out that a good example for the usefulness of nuclear energy is the Paks Nuclear Power Plant, which belongs technologically to the world's elite and achieves outstanding results in operation. He also said that every day one could hear about the construction of new units in several parts of the world, most of which, like the Paks one, are going to be built by Rosatom. The 3+ generation, modern reactors built on Paks are needed to replace the units that will be shut down following 20 years of lifetime extension to maintain the share of nuclear energy that will provide climate friendly power generation in domestic production – the CEO said. As he said, Hungary is waiting for investment to become the driving force of the Hungarian economy beside the safe operation of the new NPP units.
Miklós Horváth, Licensing and Quality Supervision Director, Deputy CEO of the company, stated that nuclear licensing is more complicated than any other licensing, a very long process. Hungarian nuclear regulation is an integral part of the strict international system, and as such it has very serious expectations for the users of nuclear energy. – The question of how long the power plant is built is a very important issue, but it is even more important to prepare it properly and to have the necessary technical documentation and permits available - underlined the Licensing and Quality Supervision Director, adding that the most complex, most important document of the construction of nuclear power plant, the implementation license application is currently being compiled.
The area designated for the two new units is optimal - emphasized Gábor Kovács, technical director at the beginning of his lecture, who presented the planned units primarily from the building engineering point of view. He explained that any system, whether it is heating or ventilation, is designed and constructed in accordance with the same strict principles as the primary circuit equipment.