Residents of towns and villages near Jaslovské Bohunice agree to the construction of a new nuclear power plant in this location. 63% of respondents think so. At the same time, up to 96% of the population are convinced that Slovakia should be energy self-sufficient and produce enough electricity so that it does not have to be imported. It emerged from a survey conducted by the NMS Market Research SR agency for the Jadrová energetická spoločnosť Slovenska, a.s. (JESS). The survey was carried out in December 2013 and was aimed at finding out the opinions of the inhabitants of the towns and villages of the Jaslovské Bohunice region, where JESS plans to implement a new nuclear power project in the future.
As it emerged from the survey, 63% of the residents of the affected region and 73% of the surveyed residents living in the area within 10 km of the planned nuclear source agree and rather agree with the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the Jaslovské Bohunice location. On the contrary, a total of 36% of the respondents and 26% of the residents of the villages in the immediate vicinity do not agree with the construction. Only 1% of the respondents could not express their opinion on the question.
A total of 96% of respondents and 94% of residents of municipalities in the immediate vicinity of the planned nuclear source have no doubt that Slovakia should be energy self-sufficient and should not import electricity. According to the interviewed respondents, the nuclear power plant also contributes to stable electricity prices, with which a total of 92% of the respondents and 87% of the interviewed residents living in the immediate vicinity of the planned source completely agree.
Likewise, the majority of respondents, up to 92% in total, agree with the opinion that nuclear energy is a guarantee of stable electricity supplies. A total of 71% of respondents agree and rather agree with the statement that nuclear energy reduces dependence on oil and gas imports. The opposite opinion is held by 12% of respondents, 17% rather disagree on this topic.
The survey also showed that residents of towns and villages are convinced that the proximity of a nuclear source will bring them several advantages and will have a positive effect especially on employment (91% in total), will contribute to the overall development of the region (76% in total) and the development of municipalities in cadastres in which the new nuclear power plant will be built (74% in total).
Jadrová energetická spoločnosť Slovenska, a.s.
Jadrová energetická spoločnosť Slovenska, a. s. was established on 12/31/2009 by registration in the Commercial Register. The establishment of a trading company was approved by the Government of the Slovak Republic at its meeting on 9. 12. 2009. The creation of the Jadrová energetická spoločnosť Slovenska opened up space for the implementation of one of the most significant projects in the history of Slovakia, the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Jaslovské Bohunice.
JAVYS has a 51% stake in the joint venture, the Czech partner of the project – ČEZ Group – owns 49% of the company’s shares. The share capital of JESS was set at EUR 216,357,000 (SKK 6.52 billion). The management control of the company works on the principle of equality and consensus of both partners. In November 2009, the European Commission also approved the establishment of the Nuclear Energy Company of Slovakia.