Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Benin feels the pinch of Nigeria's economic woes

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Deutsche Bank shares recover after turbulent week

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Inside Aleppo: 'Feels like prison'

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The Legacy of Shimon Peres, The Battle of Aleppo (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump-Clinton Debate, Colombia Peace Deal, Death of the BlackBerry (Part 2)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Backstage at Paris Fashion Week

Read more

FASHION

Paris Fashion Week: Saint Laurent, Lanvin, present new designers

Read more

#THE 51%

Online and proud: Iranian women use social media in a campaign for equality

Read more

#TECH 24

Say hello to Pepper!

Read more

Europe

Slovakia will not relaunch old nuclear reactor

Latest update : 2009-01-23

Slovakia has decided not to relaunch its Soviet-type nuclear reactor, the country's economy minister said. The two-week gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine made Slovakia consider reactivating the reactor, shut down since 2004.

AFP - Slovak Economy Minister Lubomir Jahnatek said Friday the country would cancel both a state of energy emergency and a decision to relaunch its Soviet-type nuclear reactor.

"The reasons for relaunching of the nuclear reactor in Jaslovske Bohunice are not relevant any more," Jahnatek told a press conference.

"We decided to cancel the state of emergency effective today as of 2.00 pm," as gas deliveries from Russia through Ukraine have been stabilised, he added.

A two-week financial dispute between Russia and Ukraine, a key transit route for Russian gas, had interrupted gas deliveries to much of Europe earlier this month at a time of bitter cold weather.

In response, Slovakia started preparatory work to relaunch the Soviet-era reactor, shut down as part of the deal that saw the country join the European Union in 2004.

Slovakia depends on Russia for 98 percent of its natural gas imports, which pass through Ukraine.

The country, cut off from Russian deliveries on January 7, declared a state of energy emergency to economise on gas.
 

Date created : 2009-01-23

COMMENT(S)