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Slovak energy challenges

The political commitment to nuclear power is strong, and this energy represents 57% of local electricity production.

  • Five nuclear reactors
  • Two additional reactors in the study phase:
    • The Bohunice 5 project a reactor from 1,000 to 1,600 MWe (electrical megawatt), was announced in April 2008. It will probably rely on western technology in order to be able to use MOX (Mixed Oxide Fuel) fuel. To carry out this project, the Slovak company Javys and the Czech electrical utility CEZ created a joint venture in May of 2009: Jess. The reactor should start up in 2020.
    • A project for a 1,200 MWe nuclear power plant in Kecerovce that will entail a preliminary cost of up to 3.5 million Euros.

AREVA's nuclear power activities in Slovakia

Reactors and services

Cooperation with Slovakia goes back to 1985, when AREVA provided the first diagnostic and surveillance systems in the field of nuclear technology. Since 1991, the group has been part of a joint venture on-site for the non-destructive tests of reactor vessels.

AREVA, working with Slovak subcontractors, implemented operational instrumentation and control systems as well as a simulator for the Mochovce 1 and 2 power plant under construction at the time.

After various studies, REKON, a Germano-Slovak consortium formed by VUJE and AREVA, was awarded the reconstruction of the 2 oldest plant units of Bohunice 1 and 2 between 1995 and 2000. These were brought up to a level of safety considered internationally acceptable. Plant units 1 and 2 of Bohunice were shut down at the end of 2006 and end of 2008, respectively. Preparatory work for their dismantling is underway.

The Mochovce 1 and 2 plant units were finally completed in 1998 and 1999. They were outfitted with safety equipment recommended by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This equipment, partially designed by AREVA, was implemented by an international consortium to which the group belongs.

In 2003, AREVA signed a contract to supply a digital instrumentation and control system for Bohunice 3 and 4, intended to replace the existing safety systems from 2008 onwards.

AREVA is prepared to offer its assistance to install its digital instrumentation and control systems as part of the completion of the construction of the Mochovce 3 and 4 plant units, interrupted in 1990 for financial reasons.