On 13 February 2019, a meeting was held between UJD SR and the representatives of an Austrian NGO, Global 2000 at the premises of ÚJD SR in Bratislava. The management of UJD SR met the request of Global 2000 to meet and discuss questions related in particular to completion of Units 3&4 of NPP Mochovce (EMO 3 & 4).
Representatives of UJD SR provided a detailed explanation on the issues of concern of the Austrian environmentalists and exchanged views on some issues. Representatives of Global 2000 accepted explanations provided by UJD SR with understanding, even though, of course the same opinion was not reached in principal issues.
One of such critical areas is also a discussion on the need to reinforce the power station against the impact of a large aircraft. MO 3 & 4 is legally required to be reinforced against the impact of a small aircraft with a separate building structure. As for the reinforcement against the impact of a large aircraft, the Slovak legislation or the EU legislation currently do not contain any legal requirements and such requirements are not found even in the reference levels elaborated by WENRA (European Nuclear Regulators Association) or in the Guides issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Dealing with a situation when the power station is threatened by a large aircraft is by law under the competence of the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic, which provides for the inviolability of the airspace of the Slovak Republic.
Another topic discussed several times was the availability of cooling water from the Hron river due to the decreasing flow resulting from climate change. It was explained to the representatives of Global 2000 that the Hron river provides with sufficient reserve the necessary amount of cooling water for the operation of 4 Units at full power even when taking into account the lower flow. Permitted water withdrawal from the Hron river is determined by decision of water management authorities. Moreover, if there is a need to cool down the shutdown reactor, there is sufficient water supply directly at the site of the power station, and procedures for its possible additions are being prepared. Water consumption to cool down a shutdown reactor is a fraction of a normal consumption during full power operation.
In spite of disagreement on some issues, the representatives of Global 2000 thanked ÚJD SR for its accommodating approach and information provided.
Modified: 7.3.2019 14:39