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17. 3. 2022 18:20

The state agreed to issue a tender for the supplier of a new nuclear power plant in Dukovany

The Prime Minister visited the Dukovany nuclear power plant, 17 March 2022.
The Prime Minister visited the Dukovany nuclear power plant, 17 March 2022.
Following the Government's opinion, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) has given its consent to the investor of the new Dukovany Nuclear Power Station unit to issue the tender and invite three bidders, i.e. Électricité de France S.A., Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company and Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, who passed a safety assessment. At the same time, the MIT invited the investor to issue the tender, which Elektrárna Dukovany II, a.s. (EDUII) did on the same day, i.e. 17 March 2022.

We have taken a significant step towards the completion of the Dukovany Nuclear Power Station. The parameters of the tender are set so that countries that are a security risk cannot participate in it. It is a key and important project in terms of energy self-sufficiency and security of the Czech Republic,” Prime Minister Petr Fiala said.

Pursuant to the First Implementing Agreement on Cooperation in the Construction of a New Nuclear Power Plant in the Dukovany Locality in the Czech Republic, the MIT sent the EDUII investor the consent to incorporate safety requirements into the tender documentation and to invite three suppliers of the new nuclear power plant, who were, based on a government resolution, vetted under a safety assessment by the Ministry of Interior, its intelligence agency and the MIT.

The issuance of the tender is an important milestone, but what is important now is the fulfilment of other tasks, in particular the continuation of the licensing process, the notification of public support and the successful award of the supplier with the most favourable conditions for the Czech Republic. It will be crucial for the Ministry of Industry and Trade that everything goes correctly and smoothly, and that is what we are focusing on now,” Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Síkela says.

Following the state's approval, the investor has launched a tender procedure, which should be concluded at the turn of 2023/2024, after which a supplier will be selected. This will be followed by the finalisation of the contract and its signing in 2024, in parallel with the conclusion of the buyout agreement between the state and EDUII and the Government's decision to grant a state loan in the form of a repayable financial assistance under the Low Carbon Law, which came into force on 1 January 2022. According to the current schedule, the construction of Dukovany II is to start in 2029 and the unit is expected to be commissioned in 2036.

In addition to the price offered, other conditions will be key aspects in the tender, especially the guarantee of the contractors to meet the schedule and budget. From the point of view of the MIT, the significant level of involvement of the Czech industry in the preparation and construction and the transfer of technology that will ensure the independent operation and development of the Czech know-how in the nuclear sector are also important,Tomáš Ehler, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade for nuclear energy adds.

The tender documentation for a new power plant in Dukovany also includes a non-binding option for other units in the Temelín and Dukovany localities. In accordance with the Government's programme statement, the MIT will prepare the basis for a decision on further nuclear development in the Czech Republic.

Source: Ministry of Industry and Trade

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