An energy permit for the construction of a second unit at the Krško nuclear power station has been issued today. The permit was issued by the Infrastructure Ministry. Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec said this did not yet mean that the construction decision was final, but that the permit was merely the first step in that direction. The minister said nuclear power would allow Slovenia to become energy independent and achieve climate neutrality. Minister Vrtovec said the plan was to build a 1.1 GW third generation nuclear reactor with an estimated production of 9,000 GW of electricity per year. The lifespan of the new reactor would be sixty years.