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Framatome has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hungary’s Ministry of Energy for the development of a strategic relationship in the nuclear field. The MOU seeks to facilitate the extension of the cooperation between Framatome and Hungary in various domains of interest in nuclear such as education and competencies, R&D, the implementation of new technologies, fuel supply and related nuclear materials, as well as long-term operation.

Date: Saturday, 16 September 2023
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US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, at the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Bucharest, announced US actions “to further the role of new, secure, and safe nuclear technologies in accelerating the clean energy transition”. The US State Department said in a statement. “These actions expand on Romania’s leadership role in building the first small modular reactor (SMR) in Europe and in converting a former coal plant to advance nuclear energy”. The Three Seas Initiative, launched in 2016, includes Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Estonia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Lithuania.

Date: Friday, 15 September 2023
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The Hungarian authorities intend to switch the NPP in the city of Paks to French nuclear fuel instead of Russian, Telex reported citing Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The plan was listed among 15 government steps that Orban intends to implement by 2034. The prime minister stated his intention to achieve “energy self-sufficiency, which will include operating the Paks plant on French fuel instead of Russian.” Currently East European countries with Soviet NPPs are under heavy pressure for the European Union to diversify away from using Russian nuclear fuel.

Date: Thursday, 14 September 2023
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Hungary’s Paks II NPP has reached another important stage with the start of excavation of the soil under the planned unit 6 – the first step in the preparatory works for the construction of the unit, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade Péter Szijjártó.

Date: Friday, 08 September 2023
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Hungarian Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó has said that with groundwork under way at the site of the planned sixth unit at the Paks nuclear power plant, a fresh project milestone has been reached.

Date: Thursday, 07 September 2023
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Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Péter Szijjártó expects first concrete to be poured for nuclear units at the Paks-II NPP before the end of 2024. This was enabled by signing of an amended construction contract paving the way for work to begin.

Date: Thursday, 24 August 2023
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First concrete for Hungary’s Paks-II NPP is expected in the summer of 2024, the head of the Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary, Gergely Guiyash, told a press briefing. The previous day, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó said work is underway to build an anti-filtration curtain at the site to protect the pit and future facilities from groundwater.

Date: Saturday, 15 July 2023
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Work has begun at the construction site of the Paks II NPP in Hungary. General contractor ASE (Engineering Division of Rosatom has begun construction of an impervious curtain (PFZ).

Date: Saturday, 08 July 2023
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Work has begun to construct the groundwater cut-off - an underground waterproof wall - around the area on Hungary's Paks nuclear power plant site where two new units are to be built. The wall will control the flow of groundwater into and out of the Paks II construction pit, once excavated.

Date: Friday, 07 July 2023
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