Nonproliferation
Resource
Fact Sheet

Spent Nuclear Fuel in Slovakia

Management and Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel in Slovakia

Highlights

1,505 tHM spent nuclear fuel in storage (2013)
3,380 tHM spent nuclear fuel projected by 2050
1980 First year of commercial nuclear operation*
4 operating nuclear power reactors
0 operating research and test reactors
2 nuclear power reactors under construction
1.94 GW(e) installed nuclear capacity (2018)
55.03% nuclear share of domestic energy production (2018)

Regulator: The Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic (ÚJD SR)
Power Operator: Slovenské elektrárne (SE)

Nuclear Power stations in Slovakia (as of 2019)

Management and Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel

Practices

  • Spent fuel is stored for 3-7 years in pools at each reactor facility, and afterwards is moved to the Interim Spent Fuel Storage site at the Bohunice reactor

Obligations

  • Slovakia acceded to Euratom’s safeguards agreement (INFCIRC/193) and additional protocol in 2005
  • Slovakia signed the Joint Convention in 1997 and ratified in 1999
  • The National Policy and National Program for the Management of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste (Resolution 387/2015) provides the backbone of SNF management in Slovakia
  • This policy does not include the option of reprocessing
  • Future goals for fuel management are development of dry storage systems as well as progress towards a deep geological repository for SNF and high-level waste
  • The government-identified options are creating a DGR in Slovakia, or working with other countries on a jointly owned DGR
  • JAVYS, a.s. – a State owned company – is responsible for NPP decommissioning and spent nuclear fuel handling.
Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on email
Choose Your Subscription Topics
* indicates required
I'm interested in...
38 North: News and Analysis on North Korea
South Asian Voices