Hungary appoints minister for Paks II

19 April 2017

Hungary has appointed János Süli, mayor of the town of Paks, as minister responsible for the supervision of the construction and eventual commissioning of the planned two-unit Paks NPP, a statement by the Hungarian prime minister’s office said on 18 April.

Four Russia-designed VVER-440 pressurised water reactors are already in commercial operation at the Paks NPP, , the prime minister’s office said. Süli, who has worked for the Paks plant for 31 years, will take up the role on 2 May. He will continue to rely on the expertise of Attila Aszódi, the Hungarian government’s commissioner for the Paks II project.

An agreement signed in 2014 will see Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom supply two VVER-1200 reactors for Paks II, as well as a loan of up to €10bn ($10.6bn) to finance 80% of the of the €12bn project. Construction is expected to begin in the autumn of 2017.

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