Péter Szijjártó: the revised framework ensures a faster progress

6/5/23 1:12 PM
– The successful talks will give a new momentum to the implementation of the project – said Péter Szijjártó, after meeting with representatives of Rosatom.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó had a meeting with Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev in Budapest on Monday. – Another important preparatory work for the Paks II. project will start soon, and the revised contractual framework will ensure faster progress while fully meeting safety requirements – MTI reported in its summary of the negotiation.

The European Union has approved the amendments to the contract for the construction of the two new Paks nuclear power plant units within a month. With these amendments to the contract, we can speed up the investment, remove a lot of bureaucratic burdens and clarify the nuclear safety rules, which are much stricter than European standards and guarantee that a safe power plant will be constructed in Paks – he emphasized.

Following the approval and the successful discussions, the construction will be given a new momentum and new works will soon start in the area.

According to Péter Szijjártó, the so-called cut-off wall work, which is extremely important for the safe operation of the reactors, will start in early July. The excavation and improvement of the soil will also start, after which the so-called first concrete, which is a key element of the project, will be lowered into the ground.

„Both Rosatom and we, the government, are committed that the new Paks NPP units should be in operation by the very beginning of the next decade.”

Finally, the minister emphasized that by increasing the current nuclear capacity of 2000 megawatts to 4400 megawatts, Hungary will be able to generate 75% of its electricity needs on its own, thus making it significantly independent of price fluctuations on international energy markets.

– In addition, we will also take a huge step forward from an environmental protection point of view, because if we put the two Paks units into commercial operation, we will be able to prevent 17 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year – said Szijjártó.