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Slovakian regulator: Mochovce 3 nuclear reactor can start operations

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dpa English

The Slovakian nuclear regulator has given the go-ahead for the commissioning of the third unit of the Mochovce nuclear power plant, following a nine-year delay.

After several years of rigorous safety tests, all the deficiencies identified by the authority had been eliminated, the authority (UJD) said on Thursday.

Later that day, operator SE said that the fuel rods needed were ready and there were no further technical obstacles to beginning power generation.

However, the UJD said the approval was not immediately legally binding because opponents of nuclear power had to be granted the right to appeal, for example.

Global 2000 and other anti-nuclear organizations in neighbouring Austria are expected to exercise their right to appeal.

Austrian nuclear activists had already tried in vain to prevent the commissioning of the first two Mochovce reactors, in 1998 and 2000. Their protests were a major factor in the delayed start-up of the third and fourth reactors, planned for 2012 and 2013.

However, the operating company's legal and economic problems were the principle reason for the lengthy delay. SE, originally state-owned, was rocked by repeated allegations of fraud and corruption after the sale of its majority stake to the Italian energy group Enel, in which the Mochovce plant construction played a central role.

The Slovakian police searched several properties in recent years and arrested leading managers on corruption charges.

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