Rosatom CEO Alexey Likhachev said that with all preparatory work completed and permits obtained over the past years, there are no obstacles standing in the way of the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant. Likhachev visited the site with Hungarian Foreign Ministry State Secretary Levente Magyar on Friday.
According to MTI, Magyar said that the two new blocks had to be built in order to ensure Hungary’s continued energy security and sovereignty.
Likhachev told the press conference that now all conditions were in place for the construction to go according to schedule. Rosatom will fulfil all its contractual obligations in the project, he said. Paks II will be the first nuclear facility Rosatom is building in the European Union, he said, underlining that the company would use an absolutely safe technology and best practices. He said they would speed up construction which currently works with 140 Hungarian suppliers. The number of employees will continue to increase and reach around 2,000 next year, said Likhachev. Magyar said the construction was progressing well. He called the Paks II project irreversible, insisting that it would be implemented despite attempts seeking to thwart it.