A new shipment of nuclear fuel rods from Russia for nuclear power plant Paks has arrived in Hungary, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto. He explained that the delivery, the third in 2023, was brought by ship across the Black Sea, then by train through Bulgaria and Romania, in compliance with the strictest safety regulations, adding that Hungary now has enough fuel for long-term operation of NPP Paks.
Szijjarto said that the delivery of fuel rods would continue according to the contract, adding that cooperation with Hungary’s Russian partners was excellent in terms of the quality of the fuel rods and scheduling of deliveries. The Minister stressed that nuclear energy makes an extraordinary contribution to Hungary’s security of supply, as half of the electricity generated in Hungary is produced in Paks, thus covering about one-third of total electricity consumption.
Cooperation between the two countries also includes NPP Paks expansion, as Rosatom signed a 10 billion euro loan agreement to finance the construction of two new units at NPP Paks.
Minister Sziijarto noted that the progress of the works shows that the new units will be operational by 2030.