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[en] Unlike in previous years, in this year there were Units 3 and 4 of the Bohunice V2 NPP shut down for their outage differently. It is a rule in the Bohunice NPP that after completion of the Unit 4 Outage, there follows the Unit 3 Outage. This year the outages overlap during several days. At first on April 23, an extended general outage of Unit 4 started in duration of one and a half of the month. Due to necessary repairs of common equipment, both units are shut down from the middle of May until the middle of June. Then the outage of Unit 4 will be completed and the outage will continue in Unit 3. This time, during 22 days lasting extended Unit 4 Outage, we also shut down Unit 3 for the general outage in line with the plan. Such a planned outage of both units is rare occurring once in 10 - 15 years.
[en] A representative of the Slovak Republic was elected chairperson of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency for the period September 2014 – September 2015. This appointment means the high appreciation and acknowledgment of Slovakia´s role in the nuclear agenda. The Board of Governors will be chaired by the Governor appointed by the Slovak government, Ms. Marta Ziakova, Chairperson of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency. The Board of Governors is one of the two main IAEA bodies. The position of IAEA BoG Chairperson enables the SR to confirm and emphasize its position as a funded, experienced and, foremost reliable partner for the peaceful use of atomic energy. Slovak Republic could offer expertise and experience while being a partner for the development of its own nuclear programme.
[en] To continue to use the existing functional and efficient system of district heating supply from the Bohunice V2 nuclear power plant is one of the objectives of the Trnava City Energy Concept (EKM). This is also due to the planned maintenance of V2 NPP in the coming years. The program was created nine years ago. At its meeting on 17 February, the city council adopted its update to 2020.
[en] The de-phasing of TG1 on 25 April started the general overhaul of Unit 4 in V2 Bohunice NPP. Th is short outage is the second planned general outage of Slovak nuclear power plants this year. Outages and repairs form a standard part of the life-cycle of each power plant and are a long-planned process. Th e preparation of each outage starts 20 months in advance.
[en] Rephasing of TG1 to the grid on 5 July completed the first short (type) outage of EBO V2 Unit 3, which had lasted since 14 June. It was the third general overhaul (GO) of units in Slovak nuclear power plants this year, and the 30th GO of this particular unit with partial fuel removal from the reactor (approx. one fifth). Outage preparation started with a 20-month advance, which is in line with the new outage management process introduced at nuclear power plants in 2010. Outages and repairs form a standard part of the life cycle of each power plant, and is a long-term planned process.
[en] Three energy attachés work in the area of energy at the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the European Union in Brussels. One is Miroslav Zimermann, who is First Secretary for energy and nuclear safety with an emphasis on nuclear energy. We spoke to him during his visit to Mochovce on 17 February. The representation plays a central role in communications between Slovakia and European institutions. Its task is to defend and pursue Slovak positions as efficiently as possible, and to prepare regular meetings of ministers and state heads or governments – E U summits.
[en] Power plant operational safety, its environmental impact, and heat supplies through the hot-water pipeline to Hlohovec and Leopoldov were the topics of the meeting of top representatives from the Bohunice V2 NPP’s closest towns on 20 February. Besides Miroslav Kollar and Terezia Kavuliakova, SE General Director Nicola Cotugno and EBO V2 Director Milan Molnar also met with Piestany Mayor Milos Tamajka, who was interested in the possibility of building a heat feeder to this district town.