In 2015 the Slovenian-Croatian nuclear power plant Krsko (NEK) will produce around 5.3 terawatt hours of electricity, which is enough to meet Slovenia's five-month consumption needs, NEK Management Board chair Stane Rozman said at a news conference on Monday, describing the year 2015 as very successful in terms of business results.

Rozman said that there had been no security problems or halts in the plant's operation this year, and that extensive radiology screenings showed that the plant's impact on the environment was far below the allowed limits.

Rozman said the plant employed 640 workers, including 40 with university diplomas.

Among other things, Rozman said that the first phase was underway to build a facility for handling radioactive equipment and shipments, to bridge over the period until a final site for radioactive waste disposal was built.

The Croatian member of the NEK Management Board, Hrvoje Perharic, said that the plant operated in line with the highest security standards this year, and that the goals of security, plant availability and power delivery were accomplished.

He said that the financial goals set for this year would be accomplished and that operating costs were expected to be lower than planned.

Perharic said that he was very much satisfied with the cooperation of the Croatian and Slovenian representatives in the management of the plant.

Asked to comment on media reports on a significant disproportion, to Slovenia's advantage, in the plant's maintenance and investment projects, the management said that pertinent regulations had been respected.

According to media reports, the value of those projects in the 2010-2014 period was around EUR 240 million, but the share of Croatian companies in those projects was only 20% and of Slovenian as much as 63%. Rozman said that all public procurement rules had been honoured and that around EUR 30 million was invested annually in the plant's upgrading.

Perharic said that for the past three years NEK had had the obligation to comply with public procurement rules and the Slovenian law on public procurement, which was equal to public procurement legislation in most EU member-states.

"That the said law is complied with is evidenced by the fact that in three years we had only one review and it was in NEK's favour. There is also a Slovenian-Croatian agreement that envisages and obliges to bidding by companies from both countries under the same conditions," said Perharic, adding that a joint commission in charge of monitoring the implementation of the said agreement in July this year found no cases on non-compliance with said legislation.

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