„As a result of safe and stable operation, Paks Nuclear Power Plant Ltd. – as a defining member of the MVM Group-, is a fundamental component in the carbon-free electricity production of Hungary. The nuclear power plant is a guarantee not only for cheap electricity, but a sustainable contributor to the environmental and air protection objectives” – emphasized Dr. János Zsuga, the CEO of MVM Hungarian Electricity Private Limited Company.
„The benefit of the 15-month campaign introduced at the end of 2015 has been proven repeatedly, as it resulted in the 100 % UCF of Unit 2 in the previous year. In addition, the number of spent fuel assemblies and the amount of the generated radioactive waste decreased, while the collective dose rate reached a record low. All these are a testament to the fact that for us production increase is unimaginable without the enhancement of safety: the beneficial effects of the continuous improvement of our safety culture are confirmed by these record achievements. The ever-increasing safety consciousness is a primary aspect of our organisational culture, as this performance would not be possible without the commitment of our staff to safety. It is to their credit, that once again in 2017 we did not have any events that would be classified as category 1 or higher on the international INES-scale, and we only had 17 such reportable events, that were rated 0, the lowest possible category”– said István Hamvas, the CEO of MVM Paks Nuclear Power Plant Ltd.
„We are extremely proud that our 15-month operating cycle (C15) was awarded the Development Innovation Award in 2016, The Quality-Innovation National Award in 2017, and just a week ago in Bilbao the Quality-Innovation International Award as well. The C15 is the crown on power plant innovations, due in part to the nuclear fuel newly developed based on the work of our colleagues. The fact that innovation is an integral part of our daily work is shown by our Technical Creator’s Competition, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and to which to this date close to 800 entries have been submitted. Most of these improvements have been carried out, which generated added value in the magnitude of a hundred billion HUF in regard of the operating lifetime of the NPP” – added the CEO.
Nevertheless, this does not mean the end of upgrades at Paks NPP. Following an extensive preparation phase, in 2017 Paks NPP obtained license to perform on-line maintenance on safety system equipment at the full-power operation of the units, as opposed to maintenance, which previously had to be scheduled to be performed during the unit outages. By applying this approach, the power plant was able to extend the scope of online maintenance, while maintaining the accepted level of safety, furthermore, safety has been increasing on an annual level.
The lifetime extension process of the last unit – Unit 4 - also reached a successful end, at the end of 2017 the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority issued the license to operate the reactor - which commenced its operation in 1987 -, for an extended operation time of 20 years, thus the unit shall continue producing electricity until 2037. This also meant the end to the one-and-a-half-decade plant upgrade process, which ensured that the technologies of the power plant are of a new, state-of-the-art generation.
The reconstruction of the power plant turbines is also progressing according to plans to increase the current, 2000 MW nominal power capacity of the NPP by an additional 30 MWs.
Paks Nuclear Power Plant Ltd., as a company, which is responsible for half of the national electricity production without air pollution, is committed to reducing environmental strain and protecting air quality. As part of this commitment, the Creative Energy Program has been established, to spread knowledge and provide opportunities for DIY creations. As part of the program, for the second time in October 2017, the Creative Energy Competition received 2312 design entries in four categories and two age groups. By supporting the renovation and repurposing of used or vintage furniture and other articles, Paks NPP wishes to provide positive examples and options, and encourage society to stand behind the creation and preservation of added values.