Budapest, 5th of March 2018

Hungary’s energy situation, supply security and considerations of national security, too, justify the construction of Paks II, János Süli, minister without portfolio responsible for the implementation of the two new blocks of the nuclear power station told journalists on Monday in Budapest after he had talks with the Director General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD NEA).

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Mr Süli highlighted the country’s electricity needs had broken all previous records last Friday; the total system load reached 6,835 MW, and in the past few extremely cold days almost 50 per cent of Hungary’s electricity needs had to be supplied from imports.

The Minister said at the meeting he informed the delegation of the OECD NEA about the reasons for the Paks project, the status of the preparatory works and the current situation. He also highlighted the Director General of the OECD NEA confirmed that should the need arise the organisation will provide professional support during the implementation of the project.

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William D. Magwood, Director General of the OECD NEA stressed in speaking to journalists that they are working on ensuring a clean, reliable and long-term electricity generation solution. Many countries opted for the nuclear solution to this end, and the international organisation is ready to provide assistance in these countries in the fields of nuclear safety and waste management, he indicated. He further told the press they are looking for ways to ensure the optimal utilisation of nuclear power plants and support the adoption of the relevant decisions with economic analyses.

William D. Magwood said during their visit to Hungary, in addition to the Paks nuclear power station, they would also like to familiarise themselves with issues concerning nuclear safety, training in Hungary and other related topics.

The Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) organised under the OECD started its operation in 1958 with a view to facilitating co-operation among countries with advanced nuclear technology infrastructures to seek excellence in nuclear safety, technology, science, environment and law. Hungary has been a member of the NEA since 1996.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)