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Czech Republic Targets 2012 For Selection Of Temelin-3 And -4 Supplier

Three nuclear vendors have qualified to submit formal offers for the construction of units 3 and 4 at the Temelin nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic, with selection of the successful supplier scheduled for 2012.

Czech utility CEZ, which launched the public tender in August 2009, said today that all three vendors who submitted initial applications for the project had successfully complied with qualification requirements.

The three are Westinghouse Electric Corporation with its AP1000 reactor unit; Areva with its European Pressurised Water Reactor (EPR1600); and a consortium comprising of Skoda, Atomstroyexport and Gidropress with the MIR (Modernised International Reactor) 1200 unit.

The Czech Republic has six operational reactor units – four VVER-440 units at the Dukovany nuclear plant and two VVER-1000 units at Temelin.

Temelin was originally conceived as a four-unit plant. In April 2009, local authorities in South Bohemia signed a contract with CEZ that cleared obstacles to the construction of Temelin-3 and -4, overturning a 2004 resolution blocking construction of the unit.

Enrichment Services Contract For Czech Republic’s Temelin Units

A 15-year uranium enrichment services contract has been signed for units 1 and 2 of the Czech Republic’s Temelin nuclear power plant.

France’s Areva group announced the signing of the contract with Czech utility CEZ today. Areva said the contract would contribute to securing CEZ’s long-term nuclear fuel supply.

The contract also increases what Areva said was a substantial order book for its new Georges Besse II enrichment plant at the Tricastin site in France. Full testing at Georges Besse II is scheduled for completion this month. Areva said earlier this year that the plant’s first centrifuge cascade will begin spinning at the end of this year with full production capacity targeted for 2016.

CEZ operates a fleet of six reactor units: two VVER-1000s at Temelin and four VVER-440 units at the Dukovany nuclear plant. Nuclear energy contributes to some 32 percent of domestic electricity generation.

In August 2009, an open tender process was launched to build two additional reactor units at Temelin. The tender did not specify the size or type of reactors for Temelin, but CEZ has said it expects to eventually select a third generation light-water reactor design.

Zdroj: NucNet

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