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Slovakia starts up controversial third nuclear reactor at Mochovce


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    Bratislava — Slovakian government officials attended the commissioning of a controversial third reactor at the Mochovce nuclear power plant on Friday.

    "We have waited many years for this," Prime Minister Eduard Heger told journalists as the first fuel rods were introduced.

    "Slovakia will as a result move from a 52% to a 65% share of nuclear power in its electricity generation," Heger said.

    Heger described the event as a sign of good news - both for his country and Europe - that Slovakia would be energy self-sufficient, as it would also be able to supply the European market.

    The European Union country borders Ukraine in the east and in the west Austria, a country that has rejected nuclear energy.

    As reported by the TASR news agency, the initial steps in constructing a third reactor at Mochovce were taken as long ago as 1987. Construction was resumed in 2008 after a delay.

    Objections by the Austrian environmental organization Global 2000 delayed the final permit to operate the new reactor.

    As well as the first two blocks at Mochovce, which have been generating electricity for around 20 years, Slovakia has two reactors at Jaslovske Bohunice.

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