EDF, JAVYS ink new nuclear pact for Slovakia

September 6, 2023, 3:00PMNuclear News

Pavol Štuller, JAVYS chairman and chief executive officer, on the left, and Vakisasai Ramany, EDF senior vice president in charge of new nuclear development, sign an agreement in Paris.

Slovakia’s state-owned nuclear company JAVYS has announced the signing of a framework cooperation agreement (FCA) with France’s EDF for further cooperation “in the field of nuclear energy and in the implementation of projects aimed at development of large power reactors and small modular reactors.” Currently, the Slovakian nuclear fleet consists of two VVER-440/V213 pressurized water reactors at Bohunice, and two at Mochovce (with two more units on their way).

The signing took place on August 25 during an official visit to Paris by Slovakia’s minister of economy Peter Dovhun.

Official words: “Électricité de France S.A. is a leading supplier of safe, innovative nuclear technology, including SMR technology,” noted Pavol Štuller, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of JAVYS. “The signing of the FCA does not establish any exclusivity; it is the basis for the fact that if the government of the Slovak Republic adopts a decision on the location and type of a new nuclear source, we would like to be in a position of a responsible manager of this process. What we expect from the signing of the FCA is a more intense exchange of information in the field of new technologies, so that we are able to assess their suitability for inclusion in the Slovak energy network.”

Vakisasai Ramany, senior vice president in charge of new nuclear development for EDF, said that his company’s EPR1200 reactor and NUWARD small modular reactor technologies can contribute to Slovakia’s industrial development and environmental sustainability plans, adding, “EDF is committed to be a long-term partner of JAVYS and the Slovak Republic for the development of an economically sound and efficient nuclear program, leveraging its extensive experience, notably from its contribution to other nuclear programs in Europe. This agreement is a pivotal step in further consolidating EDF’s objective to promote a European nuclear fleet approach based on European technologies and the support of a fully European supply chain, including that of the Slovak industry. We do look forward to entering into the next concrete steps of the exchanges with JAVYS and the Slovak authorities.”

In case you missed it: Westinghouse Electric Company on July 17 announced the signing of two memorandums of understanding with JAVYS regarding the potential deployment of the U.S. firm’s AP1000 reactors and AP300 SMRs.

The agreements, according to the Westinghouse announcement, would “create a framework for the parties to collaborate on detailed technical and developmental plans, while exploring the next steps to implement the reactor technologies in Slovakia.”

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