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Slovakia / Regulator Receives Siting Permit Request For New Reactor At Bohunice

By David Dalton
23 February 2023

Construction of country’s sixth nuclear plant could start in 2031
Regulator Receives Siting Permit Request For New Reactor At Bohunice
The Bohunice nuclear power station in Slovakia. Courtesy EBRD.
The Slovak nuclear regulator UJD has received a request from Jadrová Energetická Spolocnost Slovenska (Jess) for a siting permit for a new nuclear power plant near the existing Bohunice nuclear station in the west of the country.

Reports in Slovakia said UJD has one year to make a decision on the application. The reports said Jess plans to apply for a construction licence for the plant at the end of 2025 with construction work scheduled to start in 2031.

Jess is a joint venture between Slovak radioactive waste management company Javys (51%) and Czech utility ČEZ (49%). It was formed in December 2009 specifically to build and operate a new nuclear plant at Bohunice.

Slovakia operates four commercial nuclear reactors – two at Mochovce and two at Bohunice – all of the Russia-designed VVER-440 type. Together the fleet generated about 52% of the country’s electricity in 2021.

Operation of the new Mochovce-3, Slovakia’s fifth unit which was connected to the grid earlier this month, could bring the share of nuclear in the country’s electricity generation to 65%, putting it second behind only France, with 69%.

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