6 Aug 2018 09:36

Date for start of construction of Paks 2 NPP to be clear after license secured - Likhachev

YEKATERINBURG. Aug 6 (Interfax) - The date for the start of construction on the Paks 2 Nuclear Power Plant in Hungary will become clear after a license is received, the CEO of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, Alexei Likhachev told reporters in Yekaterinburg on Friday.

"For now, this is a moot issue, because work is now underway on licensing this project. As soon as we receive a license from the Hungarian regulator, it will immediately become clear when the first concrete will be poured," Likhachev said.

It was reported earlier that the first concrete was expected to be poured in 2018. Construction of Paks 2 was expected to begin in 2018 and the generating units were supposed to be put into commercial operation in 2025-2026. The cost of expanding the Paks NPP was estimated at about 12.5 billion euros.