Seminar on new NPP units in Hungary
In January 2014, an agreement was signed between the Russian and Hungarian governments on the building of two new units at the Paks NPP. The new reactors will be of the AES-2006 design, with each one producing 1200 MW of electrical power. Following this high-level decision the technical details will be agreed by a group of experts.
The Hungarian Nuclear Society organized a seminar on the technical aspects of extending Paks NPP with two new units. More than 200 people registered for the seminar, which was held on 20 March 2014, in Budapest. The lectures given during the seminar covered the following topics:
- the development of VVER reactors
- the safety system of the new units
- the licensing process
- perspectives for domestic electricity production
- human resources needs for building and operating the new units
- the fuel for VVER reactors
- the handling of ‘beyond design basis’ accidents
The presentations were given by leading experts from Paks NPP, the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the MTA Centre for Energy Research.
The objective of the seminar was to provide Hungarian professionals with the basic required technical information about the new reactors. It was emphasised that the building of the new reactors will need the involvement of many Hungarian experts in answering scientific questions and identifying technical solutions.