Country profile: Slovak Republic

Summary figures for 2012

The following information is from the NEA publication Nuclear Energy Data, the annual compilation of official statistics and country reports on nuclear energy in OECD member countries.

Country
Number of nuclear power plants connected to the grid
Nuclear electricity generation
(net TWh) 2012
Nuclear percentage of total electricity supply
Slovak Republic
4
14.4
54.5
 
OECD Europe
133
849.0
24.0
 
Total
331
1 884.0
18.9
 

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Energy policy

The main aims of the Slovak energy policy are to decrease energy demand and increase security of energy supplies, based on the principles of maximising safety, reliability, quality and economic effectiveness.

In 2012, gross electricity production in the Slovak Republic was 28 393 GWh, an increase of 258 GWh compared to 2011.

On 31 December, the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic sent the National Action Plan of the Slovak Republic to the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG). The plan contains actions based on lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station accident that will be implemented in the Bohunice and Mochovce nuclear power plants. The document contains a summary of all recommendations and requirements and a plan to implement proposals for enhancing the safety of nuclear power plants. To ensure transparency, it also contains a list of actions already implemented and those in progress.

Fuel cycle developments

Design and development work for the use of nuclear fuel with higher enrichment on units 3 and 4 of the Bohunice nuclear power plant was successfully completed and fresh nuclear fuel with average enrichment of 4.87% 235U was loaded in both reactors in 2012. Units 1 and 2 of the Mochovce nuclear power plant have used this fuel since 2011.

Status of project to complete Mochovce units 3 and 4

Based on the updated schedule, the construction of Mochovce units 3 and 4 will be completed in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

During 2012, important construction milestones were completed on these units – the concrete base mat of unit 3 reactor was poured and an external 400 kV electric switchyard and all four steam turbines were installed. The turbines are now connected to condensers and all rotors are ready to be connected to the rotor generator.

Source: Nuclear Energy Data 2013

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Last reviewed: 11 December 2013