Hungary issued a permit for the construction of two new nuclear power plant (NPP) units in the city of Paks, which will be built by Rosatom using Russian technologies, the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority announced on Friday, TASS reports.
"The administrative procedure for reviewing an application for a permit to build [two additional] nuclear power units has been completed. Units 5 and 6 will be installed at the Paks-2 site," the department said.
Rosatom CEO Alexei Likhachev said in early August that Rosatom expects to receive the main license for the construction of the Paks-2 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Hungary in the coming months.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said earlier that international cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear energy must be exempt from all kinds of economic sanctions. In the diplomat’s words, any sanctions-related developments in this area would "restrict the sovereign right of all countries to create their national energy mix on their own, which is definitely a national competence,"
Russia and Hungary are cooperating in the field of nuclear power generation. On July 21, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto reaffirmed their intention to develop the Paks-2 nuclear power plant project, expected to go into operation by 2030.