“We’ve reached an important milestone with the National Atomic Energy Agency granting a construction permit for the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant, so the actual construction phase can begin and the new units can be operational by 2030,” Péter Szijjártó announced on Facebook on Friday.
In a video, the Foreign Minister said that plans for building the two new reactors had reached a very important turning point, since hundreds or even thousands of permits have to be obtained for such projects, but this one is the most important of them all.
It ensures that the process will able to move from the preparation to the implementation stage, and in the coming weeks there will be visible signs of this at the Paks site.
-said Minister Szijjártó.
He noted that Hungarian and international experts took two years to examine the more than 400,000-page license application before giving it a “green light.”
“The construction permit proves that construction of the new Paks nuclear power plant units will meet the highest and most stringent Hungarian and international standards and requirements,” he stated, adding that it will be complemented by permits for fire protection, disaster protection, environmental protection and mining supervision.
Szijjártó believes that the two units can realistically be operational by 2030. [Magyar Narancs]