Russia to build two nuclear reactors in Hungary

Despite serious delays, the project, which was awarded to Rosatom without a tender, has often been cited as evidence of the warm relationship between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In a decision on its website late Thursday, the Hungarian Nuclear Energy Authority said the existing Russian-built 2-GW plant at Pak could be expanded with two new reactors, pending further licenses.

Hungary aims to expand Pak with two Russian-built VVER reactors of 1.2 GW each. Nuclear power is not subject to EU restrictions.

The plan for two new blocks in Pakistan serves Hungary’s strategic interests, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said after a meeting with Rosatom’s chief executive in May.

The Paks plant now consists of four small Russian-built VVER 440 reactors with a capacity of about 2,000 MW that began operating between 1982 and 1987.

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