JEK 2 project

Nuclear energy is an important driver of electricity supply in the country and the primary production source in the GEN Group. As a low-carbon source, nuclear energy has the potential to make a vital contribution to the sustainable future of energy. The planning and preparation project to build a second nuclear reactor unit in Krško, JEK 2, is one of the GEN Group's pivotal strategic development projects. 

The JEK 2 investment will have a positive impact across the Slovenian economy. JEK 2 would provide a safe and reliable supply of 8–12 TWh of electricity per year, depending on the size of the power plant. As a domestic energy source, JEK 2 would also help reduce the country's reliance on imported energy. Nuclear energy is a competitive energy source that ensures predictable and stable electricity prices. As a low-carbon energy source, it would also help reduce the levels of CO2 emissions nationwide.

The GEN Group is calling for a data-driven, efficient, transparent and responsible implementation of the JEK 2 project. The project is currently at a stage where the owner, the Republic of Slovenia, will need to take a clear position on the matter. What needs to be made is a strategic decision on the energy future of Slovenia. 

Key benefits of the planned JEK 2 project
  • safe and reliable supply of electricity (8–12 TWh per year, depending on the size of the power plant),
  • domestic energy source: reduced reliance on imported electricity,
  • competitive energy source: affordable, predictable and stable prices of electricity,
  • optimal solution in response to the environmental requirements and standards, reduced CO2 emissions on the national scale,
  • third-generation reactor: improved technology, enhanced safety, higher economic competitiveness,
  • reduction of existing and foreseen quantities of radioactive waste (primarily as a result of improved operational systems and processes of third-generation nuclear power plants, which bring substantial reductions in the amounts of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste, but also thanks to the possibility of reusing reprocessed fuel, i.e. up to 96% of the spent fuel mass),
  • base load and load-following operation,
  • adherence to the highest international safety requirements and standards,
  • possibility of recovering useful heat (district heating – locally and on a wider scale),
  • opportunity for the Slovenian economy to participate in all the development stages (design, construction, equipment manufacturing, outfitting and installation, co-financing),
  • positive effects on the nation's economic development and standard of living, highly skilled jobs.