Work is in Progress on Paks II. Project
István Lenkei, CEO of Paks II. Zrt. informed that cranes and concrete pumps are already working on the site of Paks II. investment ‒ the service buildings, needed to build the two new units, are being built. The application for the construction permit is in full swing, the technical design plans for this have been handed over during autumn by the Russian general contractor.
Kalohírek reports that the project company, coordinating the construction of two new Paks units, already reached several important milestones. In February, the construction of the transformer house, essential for powering service buildings, was completed. Just like half a century ago, when the first four blocks were built, the procession began with the service buildings. These are assembly halls, warehouse buildings, concrete plants and office buildings that are needed to build the new blocks. The first service buildings are being built by KÉSZ Építő és Szerelő Zrt.
István Lenkei, CEO of Paks II. Zrt., has reported that the investment already has more than 400 licenses, including the final environmental permit and the site permit. Currently, the technical design documentation required for the installation of the two new Paks units is being compiled, which is intended to prove that the plans of the new units comply with the most stringent Hungarian and international safety standards. The project company will submit the 300,000-page document to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Agency by June 30, 2020. As part of this, the technical design plan for the new units, which the main contractor handed over to Paks II Zrt. this fall, will be included. Lenkei said: "We are working to have many years of experience in operating the two new units, and by 2032 the first Paks unit, which will reach its 50th year of operation, will be shut down."
István Lenkei reminded that another major tender has been closed by the Rosatom Group, the main contractor of the investment. The winner of the tender for the Main I&C Systems was the Franco-German consortium Framatome-Siemens. It had been previously revealed that the turbines will be supplied by a global US-French company, General Electric-Alstom. The expert added that this also confirms that the construction of the two new Paks units is an international project. According to István Lenkei, progress with the Russian partner is increasingly effective. The fact that the construction of the Paks units is of paramount importance to Rosatom is also indicated by the fact that the Group CEO, Alexei Lihachov, regularly meets with the Hungarian side, most recently during a visit to the Paks site in November.
The European Commission has approved the planned amendment of the government decree regulating the site preparation works related to Paks II project. It means that – after submission of the construction permit – the licensing process can start, which can be continued by earthworks at the beginning of next year as well – informed János Süli, Paks, Minister for Paks II Investment. He said the pandemic situation made it difficult, but not impossible, to continue the work on Paks II project.
It is close to the ninety billion forints that the Hungarian side has drawn from the Russian credit line for the Paks II investment. However, most of the money used has already been repaid by the Hungarian government, meaning that no interest will have to be paid.
János Süli, minister without portfolio, is also committed to make the most of the development opportunities offered by the investment for Kalocsa and its region, it was told during a forum, organized by Club of Entrepreneurs of Kalocsa.
Minister János Süli said at a corporate executive forum organized by the Joint Venture Association and its partners, that the new units will bring back the investment and generate profits.
As KaloHírek reports that domestic entrepreneurs can join more and more tasks in Paks II project. Minister János Süli said that the construction of the service buildings and the regional development also offer opportunities. Paks II Zrt. on June 30, 2020 will submit the most complex application ‒ the one on the construction licence ‒ to the National Atomic Energy Authority.