Proposed Czech unit won’t be built by China

February 5, 2021, 7:00AMNuclear News

Czech Republic political parties have agreed to exclude China from participating in a tender to build an additional reactor at the Dukovany nuclear plant but have yet to decide whether to allow Russian participation, according to a report last week from Reuters.

Other bidders on the project, estimated to be worth some €6 billion (about $7.2 billion), include Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power of South Korea, EDF of France, and Westinghouse of the United States.

Background: The Czech Republic’s Dukovany plant—one of two nuclear power facilities in the Central European nation, the other being the two-unit Temelin plant—houses four Russian VVER-440/V213 pressurized water reactors, all of which entered commercial operation from 1985 to 1987.

In March of last year, Czech utility ČEZ filed an application with the country’s State Office for Nuclear Safety to construct up to two new reactors at Dukovany, each with a generating capacity of up to 1200 MWe.

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