Mochovce, West Slovakia
Number & type of Reactors
Net Electric Power as % in 92 of national total
Major population Centers in a 150 km radius and
total estimated population of 150 km r. region
Approximately 15 million including Brno, Bratislava, Budapest, outskirts of Wien
Date of commercial operation start up
or (if unfinished) date of construction start.
Begun in 1984, completion unsure
SE (Slovak Energy), Skoda Praha - operator
Mochovce has been studied in depth because of the proposed EBRD funding for the plant. It is not the least cost solution to the energy problems of the country. There are serious doubts about what safety standards the plant can be brought up to, especially given that much of it has not been properly mothballed for the last three years. There are serious seismic issues because of the high earthquake tendencies of the area, amplified by the soft sand on which the plant rests. An IAEA offical estimated it would cost approximately 3 billion DM to bring the plant up to acceptable standards - making the energy price extremely uncompetitive. Finally, cooperation with the Russians under the new construction plan increases Slovak dependence on this unstable country. A Beyernwerke director said "A plant like this would never be permited to be built outside Munich", while Bayernwere was actively pushing the project.