On October 3, 2020 during the working visit to Budapest (Hungary) ROSATOM Director General Alexei Likhachev met with Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orb?n. Present on the Russian side was ROSATOM Advisor to the Director General Alexander Merten along with the Russian Federation’s Ambassador in Budapest Vladimir Sergeev, while the Hungarian side was also represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade P?ter Szijj?rt?, as well as the Minister without Portfolio in charge of the extension of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant Janos Suli.
During the meeting the parties assessed the progress that has been made in the Paks II project. They agreed that the project is progressing according to plan. A number of major milestones were achieved last year in preparation of the two new nuclear power plant units. They emphasised the submission on June 30 of the application for a nuclear building permit to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA), along with the issuance by the Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (HEPURA) of the so-called electricity facility building permit, on November 19. It was noted during the meeting that building permits were issued by the HAEA for a number of buildings of the construction and erection base whose construction has already got under way.
The parties discussed tasks scheduled to be started in the near future, including the additional facilities of construction and erection base, earthworks, the construction of slurry walls, soil consolidation and the working pit. These activities can be launched in the first half of 2021.
It was announced at the meeting that the nuclear building permit is expected to be issued by the HAEA in the autumn of 2021, on the basis of which construction of the new blocks can be started.
Alexei Likhachev also informed Viktor Orb?n about other projects of the concern, to be implemented in cooperation with Hungarian partners, including the one aiming at providing the Paks Nuclear Power Plant with nuclear fuel, the activities of the joint venture between ROSATOM and MVM company to provide servicing services and deliver equipment, as well as in nuclear medicine along with activities planned to carry out in other areas.
The Paks II Nuclear Power Plant project is implemented on the basis of an intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Hungary, signed on 14 January 2014. ASE EC JSC., a company associated with ROSATOM’s engineering division is the project’s general contractor. The turbines of the Paks II Nuclear Power Plant will be delivered by General Electric, while the automatic control system of technological process will be supplied by Framatome SAS-Siemens AG, a French – German consortium. The technology to be used by Paks II Nuclear Power Plant will be provided by the state-owned nuclear energy concern ROSATOM, one of the world’s leading nuclear industry companies.