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Hungary grants Rosatom building permit for two new 1.2 GW nuclear reactors

29 Aug 2022

Hungary's nuclear regulator has granted a construction permit for two new 1.2 GW reactors at the Paks nuclear power plant, which are to be built by Russia's state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom under a 2014 deal signed between the two countries.

The Hungarian Nuclear Energy Authority said the existing Russian-built Paks nuclear plant can be expanded with two new VVER reactors, pending further licences. Nuclear energy is not subject to European Union sanctions implemented since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

The Paks nuclear plant currently possesses four small Russian-built VVER 440 reactors with a combined capacity of about 2 GW, that started operating between 1982 and 1987. The installation of the two new reactors would more than double Hungary’s nuclear installed capacity.

In 2021, 45% of Hungary’s power generation came from nuclear energy with 16 TWh.

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