OAH authorises melt trap for Paks 2 nuclear power plant

The National Atomic Energy Office (OAH) has approved the application for the manufacturing authorisation for the melt trap of the Paks nuclear power plant upgrade, Peter Szijjarto, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said in Istanbul on Thursday.

Szijjarto called the permit “essentially the most important for nuclear safety”, adding that the melt trap is one of the critical components of the reactors.

In the event of an emergency, the melt trap is designed to hold the melt of a reactor’s core and to prevent radioactive substances from leaving the containment of the reactor.

The development is important in light of the war in Ukraine and geopolitical shifts which are creating serious global energy supply challenges, the minister said.

“In the coming years, those countries that can produce as much of their own energy as possible will feel secure,” he said. “The Paks plant has a key role to play in this.”

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