Slovakia shut down one reactor of the Jaslovske Bohunice nuclear plant in the country’s Trnava region on New Year’s Eve as part of an agreement reached during EU accession talks in 1999.
The decision to decommission one reactor of the station’s V1 block by the end of 2006 was made by former prime minister Mikulas Dzurinda with the second reactor of the V1 block due for decommissioning by the end of 2008.
The cost of decommissioning both reactors is estimated at Sk15.2 billion (€441 million).
Decommissioning the two 408 MW VVER pressurised water reactors is scheduled to begin in 2012 and take about 13 years at a cost of about €500 million.
Two other VVER reactors at the site have been extensively modernised.