State without sufficient nuclear fuel reserves
The Administration of State Material Reserves states that they do not have sufficient nuclear fuel reserves, while Slovenske Elektrarne argues it has nuclear fuel reserves for a certain period of time.
One of the tasks of the Administration of State Material Reserves of the Slovak Republic is to store fuel cells for the nuclear reactor, including their regular exchange within the given time-limits. The administration stated in its development concept that the current condition of fuel cells does not reach one complete backfill which limits their practical use as a strategic energy medium in case of the energy crisis. Slovenske Elektrane, the only operator of the Slovak nuclear power plants, states that they have enough nuclear fuel reserves. „We have nuclear fuel in case of the energy crisis. In addition to the reserves of the Administration of State Material Reserves, we also have our own reserves which are several times higher. We are able to provide the smooth operation of the power plant for a certain period of time,“ said a spokeswoman for Slovenske Elektrarne, Janka Burdova, informed the portal vEnergetike.sk.
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