Hungary To Share Nuclear Research Data With U.S. From Its Russian Nuclear Paks Plant As Russia Is To Build Two More Reactors There

Posted: March 1, 2015 in Econ 101, Technology and Energy

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ESRI ties up with 2GW Hungarian power facility for nuclear energy research

27 February 2015

PAKS NPP

Hungary’s Paks Nuclear Power Plant has joined the US Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) nuclear research programme to gain access to research results and technical guidance.

The facility is owned by the Hungarian energy developer Magyar Villamos Muvek. It has a capacity of around 2GW.

Four VVER 440 reactor units feature in the plant. Each of these can generate 500MW of nuclear power.

The reactors have Russian-designed pressurised water reactors similar to those deployed in Russia and other eastern and central European countries.

Two more reactors are expected to be operational in the 2020s, as per the agreements signed by the Hungarian Government with nuclear vendor Rosenergoatom last year.

“EPRI’s engagement with Paks will enable our global membership to draw lessons from Hungary’s nuclear plants that can be shared with the broader nuclear industry.”

The collaboration deal is expected to expand the application of EPRI technical products at the nuclear plant, on the basis of the research institute’s guidance.

EPRI vice-president and chief nuclear officer Neil Wilmshurst said: “The existing Paks units, two of which have already received government approval for 20-year life extensions, will be able to tap into our diverse range of research activities related to long-term operations, aging management, fuel reliability, waste management, radiation protection, and risk and safety.

“Just as importantly, our engagement with Paks will enable our global membership to draw lessons from Hungary’s nuclear plants that can be shared with the broader nuclear industry.”

MVM Paks Nuclear Power Plant technical support director Geza Pekarik said: “This agreement represents a major step toward further improvement of our plant’s safety and operational reliability.

“Moreover, through this collaboration, we can provide input into EPRI’s research activities and, at the same time, create opportunities for building professional contacts on an international scale.

The research programme will be able to ensure safety and reliability of operations for the commercial nuclear facilities in the country.

The deal will also offer EPRI the scope to connect with nuclear energy experts in Hungary.

SOURCE: http://www.power-technology.com/news/newsesri-ties-up-with-2gw-hungarian-power-facility-for-nuclear-energy-research-4522024

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Russia to construct two 1,200MW nuclear reactors at Paks power plant in Hungary

10 December 2014

Nuclear

Russia and Hungary have signed a general framework agreement for developing two nuclear reactors of 1,200MW capacity each for the Paks nuclear power plant, which is located in central Hungary.

Both countries agreed to construct the new units in January 2014, reports Russian news agency TASS.

Atomenergoproekt, the subsidiary of Russian state nuclear power corporation Rosatom, is expected to start the construction work in 2018.

The agreement refers to the plant’s design, operation and maintenance, said Hungarian government commissioner for the project Attila Aszodi at a news conference.

Located 5km away from the Paks town in Hungary, this is the first and only nuclear power project in the country.

“The development will require an estimated investment of €12.5bn, with Russia contributing almost 80% of the costs as a loan.quot;

The development will require an estimated investment of €12.5bn, with Russia contributing almost 80% of the costs as a loan, reports The Moscow Times.

The Paks facility presently houses four VVER-440 reactors, which accounts for 50% of the nation’s nuclear energy output.

Two more reactors will be added to the facility during the development, which is expected to more than double the plant’s capacity.

The two reactors are expected to go online in 2025 and 2026, according to Aszodi.

SOURCE: http://www.power-technology.com/news/newsrussia-to-construct-two-1200mw-nuclear-reactors-at-paks-power-plant-in-hungary-4464825/

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