The constitutive session of the Slovenian government task force for the coordination of preparatory activities for the JEK2 project, the largest government investment in low-carbon electricity, was held today.
The establishment of the task force represents a step forward in determining whether nuclear technology with new facilities can be part of the Slovenian electricity sector’s solution for addressing the climate crisis, Slovenian Prime Minister, Dr Robert Golob, said after the meeting. The purpose of the task force is to draw up all of the necessary bases so that citizens can make high-quality and informed decisions about their support for the JEK2 project. The task force will also study how to build the new nuclear facility as quickly and economically as possible through special legislation, the Prime Minister added.
Danijel Levičar, State Secretary for the National Nuclear Programme, presented the composition of the task force, which in addition to seven key ministries (Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Energy, Ministry of Natural Resources and Spatial Planning, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of the Economy, Tourism and Sport, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities) and the Nuclear Safety Administration, also includes GEN energija as investor, NEK on account of mutual impacts with JEK2 and ELES as transmission system operator.
The CEO of GEN energija, Dr Dejan Paravan, and Dr Bruno Glaser, manager of the JEK2 project, attended the constitutive session. They presented procedures carried out and steps taken by GEN energija to speed-up project implementation, with an emphasis on preparations for effective spatial planning and continuation of the project according to the planned timeline, so that the final investment decision will be made by no later than 2028.
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