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VVER-1200 plants are scheduled to be completed in 2030 Two new VVER-1200 pressurised water reactor units are being built at Paks 2. Courtesy Paks II. Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom has begun excavation work at the site of two new nuclear units for the Paks 2 project in Hungary, Russian media reported.

“We have already started large-scale excavation work,” state-owned domestic news agency Ria Novosti reported Alexander Merten, vice-president of general contractor ASE JSC, a Rosatom subsidiary, as saying.

“Excavation work is being carried out for Unit 5 down to five metres and preparatory earthworks are being carried out for Unit 6,” Mr Merten said.

Concrete pouring for the nuclear island is scheduled to begin in autumn 2023 and the plants should be built by 2030.

Date: Tuesday, 20 September 2022
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Rosatom has started excavation work at the construction site of the two new power units of the Paks-II NPP in Hungary, Alexander Merten, Vice-President of JSC ASE (part of Rosatom) and Director of the NPP construction project, has announced. He noted that the two new units are scheduled to be launched in 2030. “We have already started large-scale earthworks. Soil is being excavated at the site of unit 5 of the Paks-II NPP to the groundwater level, that is, up to minus five metres, and preparatory earthworks are underway for unit 6,” he noted.

Date: Friday, 16 September 2022
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The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA) has issued the licence for construction of units 5&6 to the Paks II Nuclear Power Plant Private Limited Company (Paksi atomeromu - Paks II Ltd), the Hungarian company responsible for the preparatory work of the construction project, the acquisition of the necessary licences, the realisation of the investment, and ultimately operation of the units.

Date: Thursday, 01 September 2022
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Hungary's National Atomic Energy Office (OAH) has today granted a construction licence for two VVER-1200 reactors at the Paks II nuclear power plant site.

Date: Saturday, 27 August 2022
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Péter Szijjártó, recently confirmed by parliament as Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade, has told parliament’s economic committee that, in response to the looming energy crisis, the government will work to speed up the expansion of the Paks NPP. Szijjártó's had been re-nominated for the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations in the new government, which is now being formed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, following his election victory.

Date: Friday, 20 May 2022
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Hungary received the first shipment of nuclear fuel for the Paks nuclear power plant from by air from Russia on 6 April, after the war in Ukraine made rail transport impossible, according to Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

Date: Tuesday, 12 April 2022
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Hungary’s President Viktor Orban on 1 January formally appointed Andrea Beatrix Kádár as the new head of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Agency (HAEA) - an appointment, which will run until the end of 2030. The decree was published in the Hungarian Gazette, on 3 January.

Date: Friday, 07 January 2022
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An application to build the containment building of the first new unit at Hungary's Paks II nuclear power plant has been submitted. Project company Atomerőmű Zrt said it should be approved within 150 days. Meanwhile, Hungary's nuclear regulator has assumed a new, more independent, legal status.

Date: Wednesday, 05 January 2022
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Rosatom has signed a framework agreement with the government of Serbia to build a nuclear technology centre in the country, including a cyclotron for medical isotope production. It comes as part of a growing trend of Serbian interest in nuclear.

Date: Friday, 10 December 2021
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Ministers from Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland (the Visegrad 4) met in Paks and agreed: ""Without nuclear power it will not be possible to achieve the goals of climate neutrality." They called on the European Commission to approve its inclusion in the taxonomy of sustainable investments.

Date: Saturday, 20 November 2021
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