On July 1, 2022, during a working meeting in Istanbul, Alexey Likhachev, head of ROSATOM, and Peter Szijjártó, minister of foreign affairs and trade of Hungary, discussed the current status and further steps in the implementation of the Paks-2 project as well as its transition to the stage of direct construction by September this year.
The parties noted the positive dynamics of the project, in particular the most important licenses for soil stabilization and impervious curtain construction, as well as a license for the production of CMLD (core catcher) were obtained in the last month.
The facilities of the construction and erection base are currently under construction and preparatory earthworks are being carried out at the site.
The parties also discussed other issues of cooperation in the field of atomic energy.
The Paks-2 nuclear power plant project is being implemented on the basis of the Russian-Hungarian intergovernmental agreement of January 14, 2014 and three basic contracts of December 9, 2014 for the construction of the new plant. The Paks-2 NPP will be built on a turnkey basis. Units 5 and 6 have a guaranteed lifetime of 60 years with a further possibility of extending this period. The general contractor is JSC ASE, the Engineering division of ROSATOM.