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Work on the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant (Paks II) is proceeding smoothly, which will enable Hungary to maintain its energy security, preserve the results of the reduction of electricity prices, and further strengthen environmental protection, said Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade Péter Szijjártó.

Date: Saturday, 10 February 2024
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It is neither sensible nor safe to replace the Russian nuclear fuel used in the VVER-440 reactors at Hungary’s Paks NPP with fuel from another supplier, Hungarian nuclear engineer Zsolt Hárfás said in an interview with Magyar Nemzet. “An often asked question is whether fresh Russian nuclear fuel used in the VVER-440 reactors at the Paks NPP can be quickly replaced by fuel from alternative producers. The short answere is ‘no’ because currently none of the Western manufacturers has an officially approved fuel assembly suitable for VVER-440 units,” he said.

Date: Thursday, 18 January 2024
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MVM Paksi Atomerömu Zrt, operator of Hungary’s Paks NPP has notified the European Union (EU) of it plans to extend the operating lifetime of the four units to 70 years. "This marks the beginning of the roughly decade-long process" to extend the operating licence by another 20 years, said MVM CEO Péter János Horváth noting that the notification was made in accordance with Euratom regulations.

Date: Thursday, 14 December 2023
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Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade Péter Szijjártó said on his Facebook page that construction of an anti-filtration curtain had been completed at the Paks II expansion project. This followed a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a meeting of the Organisation for Security & Cooperation in Europe in Skopje. “This means that we built a 2.7 km wall in record time. Our goal of constructing two new nuclear power units in Paks by the beginning of the 2030s remains quite realistic," he noted.

Date: Thursday, 07 December 2023
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At the 28th Conference of the Parties to the original 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), 22 countries signed a declaration supporting tripling nuclear energy capacity by 2050. The document was signed by the heads of state, or senior officials, from Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ghana, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the USA. China and Russia did not sign, although they have the world’s fastest growing and most ambitious nuclear power programmes.

Date: Wednesday, 06 December 2023
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The possibility of using nuclear fuel from suppliers other than Russia’s TVEL at the Paks NPP has been legally enshrined in Hungary’s legislation. Members of the national parliament supported an amendment to the nuclear energy strategy proposed by the government. State Secretary at the Ministry of Energy Attila Steiner noted that Paks, Hungary’s only NPP currently uses nuclear fuel supplied by Rosatom enterprises.

Date: Thursday, 30 November 2023
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The Hungarian Parliament has reportedly supported an amendment to the country's nuclear energy policy that would allow alternative sources to be used for fuel for the Paks nuclear power plant, which has until now relied on Russian-supplied fuel.

Date: Saturday, 25 November 2023
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