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Electricite de France In Running To Build Slovak Nuclear Plant

Each Bohunice reactor accounts for around 9.0 percent of Slovakia's electricity needs.
by Staff Writers
Bratislava (AFP) Jun 25, 2007
French state-owned electricity giant Electricite de France (EDF) is interested in building a new nuclear plant in Slovakia, the SITA news agency reported on Monday. "We would like to participate in the development of the electricity sector in Slovakia and to use our means and know how to develop new production capacity to ensure that Slovakia is self-sufficient as regards production," vice president of EDF's international unit Marc Boudier said after meeting Slovak premier Robert Fico.

EDF is interested in building a nuclear plant at the Jaslovske Bohunice site in the west of the country, where one Soviet-designed reactor was shut down at the end of last year at the insistance of the EU and another one is due to close by the end of 2008, the agency said.

Each Bohunice reactor accounts for around 9.0 percent of Slovakia's electricity needs.

German power giant EON is also in the running to buy a new nuclear plant in the booming Central European country, according to Slovak media reports.

Earlier this year Italian-based ENEL said it would complete two nuclear reactors in the country by 2013.

Work on the two reactors at Mochovce was frozen 15 years ago, shortly after the collapse of the former communist regime and ahead of Slovakia's independence in 1993 following the split of Czechoslovakia.

Enel has a 66 percent stake in Slovakia's biggest electricity producer, Slovenske Elektrarne, with the remaining 34 percent held by the state.

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