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Paks Power Plant: Leak In 2013 Did Not Reach Deviation Level

Tamás Székely 2015.01.19.

A leak from a block at the Paks nuclear power plant in 2013 did not qualify a deviation according to the Hungarian or international event scale, the power station said on Friday. The event did not even reach the INES 0 or deviation level on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES), management of the Paks nuclear power plant said in response to media reports.

Benedek Jávor, an MEP of the opposition Dialogue for Hungary (PM) party, said earlier that around 60,000 litres of borated water leaked from a block at the Paks nuclear power plant in May 2013. Neither the state-owned company operating Paks Nuclear Plant nor the National Atomic Energy Office (OAH) informed the public about the leak, he said. A single article on the matter was published by business daily Világgazdaság in November 2013. But in the article, Paks provided only “murky information, seeking to minimise the problem,” Benedek Jávor said. He added that the plant had not informed the OAH in a timely manner and only acknowledged the problem at a later point.

Meanwhile it has been revealed that Chinese companies were looking for opportunities to sell nuclear fuel in Eastern Europe, and Hungary might be one of the options. A representative of the state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) told TASS Russia news agency on the sidelines of the nuclear energy forum World Nuclear Spotlight in Beijing that “efforts taken in recent years were aimed not only to meet Chinese demand for nuclear fuel but also to help Chinese companies find access to foreign markets”. The source also said that “we have by now managed to master the French and Russian technology required to produce fuel for the energy blocks, which allows us to sell fuel to various nuclear facilities – including Soviet- and Russian-made ones”. The CNNC official said that they are “looking into possibilities of supplying fuel to Hungary, Romania and Ukraine in particular.”

via hungarymatters.hu photo: MVM Paks – atomeromu.hu