Economy Minister Richard Sulik confirmed that he had received several information in connection with the completion of the Mochovce NPP from the Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS). However, the safety of the nuclear units in Mochovce was not the problem.
The Mochovce nuclear unit generates 7 percent more electricity without increasing the reactor’s output, thanks to improved efficiency of the non-nuclear part of the power plant. The electric output of the second Mochovce unit rose from 470 to more than 500 MW.
Five years will have passed in January 2021 since the government led by Robert Fico “in(voluntarily)” took over the operation of the Gabcikovo hydropower plant from the power utility Slovenske Elektrarne and handed it over to the state-controlled company Vodohospodarska Vystavba.
Slovakia’s Prime Minister Igor Matovic wants to establish a nuclear alliance that will protect countries using nuclear energy from being called polluters. Matovic believes that France is our closest ally.
According to Slovakia’s Prime Minister Igor Matovic, nuclear energy cannot be regarded as “dirty” as fossil fuels. All previous prime ministers of independent Slovakia had been advocating the development of nuclear energy.
The purchase price for a 49-percent stake in the company Vychodoslovenska Energetika Holding was between 700 and 800 million euros. The return on this price would be 24 years. The state received 35.2 million euros for waiving its pre-emptive right.
The NAKA raid in Mochovce concerns the supply of fire alarm systems, components, devices and work necessary for the operation of the power plant. According to the recent findings, the price was allegedly raised gradually from 3.9 million euros to almost 25 million euros.
The Nuclear Supervision Authority (UJD) expects the investor to specify the schedule for the completion of the Mochovce nuclear unit 4 as soon as the nuclear unit 3 is commissioned. The assembly of the machinery and cleaning processes are being performed at the nuclear unit 4 in Mochovce.
According to the Slovak police, the two Italian managers P. R. and N. C. were allegedly involved in millions-worth fraud. They allegedly caused the damage of 22 million euros to the Slovak dominant electricity producer.
New nuclear units in Mochovce should generate profits instead of further debts. The ministry emphasised that complying with all the safety and environmental regulations in connection with the completion of Mochovce NPP project is an absolute priority.
Economy Minister Richard Sulik has announced the construction of hydrogen fuelling stations in Slovakia. He hopes to see hydrogen cars rolling off the line at the Zilina-based Kia Motors Slovakia one day.
According to the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic, the need for this extension of the deadline resulted from a significant pace decline of works at the third nuclear unit between March and May 2020.
State secretary at the Economy Ministry Karol Galek (SaS) plans to seek new routes for the gas pipeline with the Austrians. The Bratislava self-governing region, as well as the leadership of the Petrzalka Borough clearly showed their disagreement with the construction of oil pipeline via Bratislava, e.g. Zitny Ostrov.
The inspection of selected components is being carried out at the site of the third and fourth nuclear unit in Mochovce. Slovenske Elektrarne started inspection of components after the internal control found non-compliance with the declared material in case of two pieces of pipe.
The company EP Ukraine, in which Nafta has a 10-percent share and Energeticky a Prumyslovy Holding (EPH) a 90-percent share, has been granted a license to explore and extract mainly natural gas in the Ukrainian projects Grunivska and Ochtyrska.
The restrictions at the borders, especially with Hungary and the Czech Republic, are partly complicating the construction of the Slovak-Polish gas pipeline as some sub-suppliers are unable to access the site.
The company SEPS continues ensuring safe and reliable operation and management of the grid in a real time despite suspended production in large companies which led to the electricity consumption reduction.