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Chernobyl-like Disaster ‘Impossible’ at Paks, Says Official

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.06.26.

Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant is not at risk of a Chernobyl-like disaster, the communications director of the company operating the plant said on Tuesday, pointing out that the designs of the two plants’ nuclear blocks were completely different.

Speaking at a press event held at the plant with regard to HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries, Antal Kovács said all of Paks’s safety systems were triplicated and required no human intervention.

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“The Paks plant’s safety systems are designed to help prevent human error,” Kovács said, adding that Paks was ranked among the world’s top nuclear plants, including from the perspective of safety.

Every decision concerning the safety of the plant is made with the oversight the Paks directorate for nuclear safety and the National Atomic Energy Office, he said.

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The 32 journalists attending the event got to inspect the plant’s maintenance and practice centre, the protected command point, the unit control room and the reactor hall.

The plant’s output was 15,733.2 GWh last year, accounting for half of Hungary’s electricity output.

Featured photo by Tamás Sóki/MTI