The Austrian government opposes the construction of new power units at the Slovak nuclear power plant, located about 160 km from the Austrian capital.
According to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, this must be done in any way. He said that he had called on the Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini to halt the expansion of the nuclear power plant, since this poses a threat to European security. Kurz said that in order to stop the creation of the third and fourth Mochovce units, which will be equipped with Soviet VVER-440 nuclear reactors with a capacity of 471 MW, “national cohesion” is necessary.
Elisabeth Köstinger, the Minister for Sustainable Development and Tourism of Austria, supported the Chancellor and called for resisting the construction of power units. She said that, in conjunction with Kurz and the Global 2000 initiative, she was demanding that foreign independent inspectors test the safety system at the Mochovce NPP.
The construction of the Mochovce NPP (Levice, Slovakia) was started in 1983. Currently, there are two reactors with a capacity of 440 MW. In 2009, the construction of two more power units was resumed. The launch is scheduled for 2019-2020.
It was reported earlier that France has postponed the abandonment of nuclear capacities for 10 years.