Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Report on the results of monitoring security of electricity supply in 2015


At the end of July Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic published Report on the results of monitoring of security of electricity supply in 2015.

Main findings and conclusions:
  • Total electricity consumption in Slovakia has, compared to 2014, increased by 1 224 GWh (+ 4, 32 %) to 29 579 GWh. The high annual growth of electricity consumption was mainly caused by increased economic growth as well as higher temperatures in summer.
  • Total electricity production in Slovakia has, compared to 2014, decreased by 63 GWh (- 0, 23 %) to 27 191 GWh.
  • The dominant source of electricity production is nuclear energy. In 2015 nuclear power plants produced 15 146 GWh (55, 7 % of total electricity consumption in Slovakia).
  • In 2015 production of electricity from hydropower plants was 4 338 GWh. Production from fossil fuels increased from 5 236 GWh (2014) to 5 252 GWh (2015). Photovoltaic installations made 578 GWh of electricity.
  • Deficit in covering consumption by domestic production has been ensured by increased import of electricity. Annual increase in import of electricity was recorded at 1 287 GWh, share of imported electricity has increased from 3, 9 % to 8, 1 %.
  • In 2015 the size of the measured flow of import was 14 999 GWh, the size of the measured flow of export was 12 611 GWh. 

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Report on the results of monitoring security of gas supply in 2015


At the end of July Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic published Report on the results of monitoring of security of gas supply in 2015.

Main findings and conclusions:
  • In 2015 consumption of natural gas in Slovakia reached nearly 4, 8 billion cubic meters.
  • Domestic demand of natural gas was 98 % covered by import.
  • 86 million cubic meters of natural gas were produced by extraction from domestic sources.
  • Slovak gas market is fully liberalized with a significant number of active gas suppliers. Traditional gas supplier Slovenský plynárenský priemysel, a.s. maintains dominant position, but the share of alternative gas suppliers has been continuously rising. In 2015 other major players in gas supply to final consumers were companies RWE Gas Slovensko, s.r.o., SHELL Slovakia, s.r.o., VNG Slovakia, spol. s.r.o., Lumius Slovakia, s.r.o.
  • In 2015 Slovak gas transport network transported a total of 55, 8 billion cubic meters of gas.
  • Transport networks, distribution networks and storage were in the monitoring period operated reliably and safely. There were no serious incidents that could disrupt the supply of natural gas to gas customers in the defined territory. The demand of the domestic market was fully covered. 

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Monday, August 1, 2016

JAVYS plans to extend interim storage capacity for spent nuclear fuel 


Nuclear and Decommissioning Company (JAVYS) plans to expand interim storage capacity for spent nuclear fuel at Jaslovské Bohunice. Project implemented in two stages will increase the storage capacity by minimum 18 600 pieces of spent nuclear fuel. Indicate costs are 46 million Euros.

At the end of 2015, 81, 7 % of current interim capacity has been utilized. Related to the development of nuclear power usage in Slovakia (prolonging operation of nuclear units for 60 years; start of operation of third and fourth unit in Mochovce), the capacity of interim storage has to be extended. Current interim capacity will be sufficient until approximately 2022.

The Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic has given consent to the completion of the storage capacity at Jaslovské Bohunice. 

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