Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with Aleksey Likhachev, the Director-General of Russian energy giant Rosatom, on Thursday to discuss the upgrade of Hungary’s Paks nuclear plant.
The PM’s press chief said the meeting confirmed that the construction of two new blocks at the plant is proceeding according to schedule, and in compliance with Hungarian and European Union regulations.
In June, contractors applied for the construction permit of the National Atomic Energy Authority (OAH), and obtained the permit of the Hungarian energy office in November. Construction of the nuclear blocks is expected to start next autumn.
Participants of the meeting agreed that a domestic source of cheap, reliable and clean energy is key to Hungary’s competitiveness. They also agreed that nuclear and sustainable resources are also essential for the country to achieve its climate protection goals.
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