Foreign minister: Another milestone passed as nuclear authority grants melt trap for Paks-2 expansion

The Paks-2 nuclear power plant expansion project received positive news on Thursday after the National Atomic Energy Agency (HAEA) approved the application for a manufacturing authorization for the melt trap.

Speaking from Istanbul on Thursday, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó hailed the news as “an important step forward,” adding that approval for the melt trap was “the most important license in terms of nuclear safety” and that “real construction work on the nuclear power plant can now begin.”

“On Friday, Roszatom will discuss with the leaders of the Russian nuclear power group in Istanbul the acceleration of work on the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant so that by 2030 the planned two new reactor units will be operational,” Szijjártó said.

“It is clear that in the coming years, countries that can produce as much of their own energy as possible will feel safe," the foreign minister said, alluding to the pan-European energy crisis and rise in the cost of living, and added that in respect of Hungary, “the Paks Nuclear Power Plant has a key role to play” in ensuring the country’s energy security.

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