The tender for the construction of a new power unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant, located in the southeast of the Czech Republic, maybe announced in November or December this year. This was announced on Sunday by the Deputy Prime Minister and the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic Karel Havlicek, speaking on Czech television.
“The tender for the construction of a new unit at the Dukovany NPP, as I suppose, can be announced in November or December this year,” he said.
The choice of the company that is implementing the project for the construction of the power unit will take, according to the Deputy Prime Minister, 28-29 months. The cost of the project could be up to 160 billion kroons (approximately € 6 billion). French company Electricite de France, American Westinghouse, and South Korean Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power intend to participate in the tender.
New power unit of Dukovany NPP
The construction of a new power unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant should begin no later than 2029, and the Czech authorities have planned to put it into test mode in 2036. It will replace one of the four operating units that were built in 1985-1987 at the nuclear power plant. The rest will have to work until 2045-2047. The station now provides 20% of the Czech Republic’s energy consumption.
The Temelin NPP is also operating in the Czech Republic. It was commissioned in 2002. Both stations were built with the help of Moscow: the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia signed an agreement in 1970. The Russian company TVEL (the fuel company of Rosatom) supplies its reactors with nuclear fuel.
The Temelin NPP is the largest electricity supplier in the Czech Republic. The station generates over 20% of the electricity consumed in the republic. It has two power units with VVER-1000 reactors with a total capacity of 2,160 MW.
RF and PRC suspended from participation in the tender
On June 16, the Chamber of Deputies (lower chamber) of the Czech Parliament excluded Russian and Chinese companies from the list of companies candidates for participation in the tender for the construction of a new power unit at the Dukovany NPP. During its construction, it will not be possible to use Russian and Chinese technologies and components. The Senate (top board) of the republic’s supreme legislative body has come up with an initiative so that companies associated with Russia and China cannot be involved in ensuring the subsequent operation of the block.
The Czech government announced back in April that the Russian Federation would not be allowed to tender due to the incident in Vrbetica. Russian-Czech relations escalated sharply after April 17, when the Czech authorities made a statement that Moscow was involved in the explosions at military depots in the village of Vrbetice in the east of the republic in 2014, and expelled 18 Russian diplomats, who were named as members of the Russian special services. The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed a resolute protest to Prague in connection with the step taken “under unfounded and far-fetched pretexts”, and also declared 20 employees of the Czech Embassy in Moscow persona non grata.