All four blocks of Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant will operate until the 2030s after a lifetime extension process was completed at the fourth and last unit, the operator said on Friday. The Hungarian Atomic Energy Agency granted the licence extension for Block IV on Dec. 19, the Paks plant said on its website. The four Soviet-made VVER units, first brought online between 1982 and 1987, would supply power until their now 50-year life span expired, it said. The power plant has a nominal capacity of 2,000 megawatts, and supplies roughly 40 percent of Hungary’s needs. Hungary has agreed with Russia’s Rosatom to expand the plant with two new blocks, doubling capacity. Construction is expected to start early next year.
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