Slovenia PM pushes for construction of new nuclear reactor
LJUBLJANA, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Slovenian Prime Minister
Marjan Sarec threw his weight on Thursday behind a tentative
plan to build a new nuclear reactor to help support the
country's economic growth.
The government has not yet made a final decision on whether
to build a new reactor alongside Slovenia's existing and only
nuclear power plant Krsko (NEK).
"We have to put all our efforts into building the second
block of the nuclear power plant," Sarec told reporters during a
visit to NEK, stressing increasing demand for electricity.
At present NEK, which is equally owned by Slovenia and
Croatia, covers about a fifth of Slovenian electricity needs. In
2016 Slovenia and Croatia agreed to extend NEK's lifespan by 20
years to 2043.
NEK was built in cooperation with U.S. firm Westinghouse and
started operating in 1984. It was originally scheduled to close
(Reporting By Marja Novak
Editing by Gareth Jones)
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