The Czech Republic has said it will not abandon nuclear energy

Чехия заявила, что не откажется от атомной энергетики

Czech Republic can not do without the development of national nuclear energy. This was stated to journalists by the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrew Babish. “At the forthcoming conference [UN] climate I would say that the Czech Republic is actively fighting the emissions – the emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere, he said. We are struggling with [events] climate change, but we need nuclear power. Nuclear energy [development] is a key issue for us”. Babish informed on November 13 about the plans to create a new power unit at nuclear power plant in Dukovany in the Southeast of the Czech Republic. “Construction will start in 2029 and end in 2036. The winner of the tender [provider] for its construction must be determined before the end of 2022,” said he. New unit at NPP “Dukovany” will replace one of four existing, which was built during 1985-1987, Its capacity will be 1,200 MW. The tender for the construction of a new power plant should be announced next year. It is expected that its cost will range from CZK 140 billion to 160 billion crowns (roughly 5.5 billion euros to 6.2 billion euros). Potential bidders Of intention to participate in the tender two years ago, said: the Russian state Corporation “Rosatom”, the American Westinghouse (“Westinghouse”), the China General Nuclear Power (“China General nuclear power”), French EDF (“electricité de France”), South Korea’s KHNP, as well as joint Franco-Japanese Atmea company Mitsubishi (“Mitsubishi atmea”) . The main criteria in determining the winner, as emphasized in Prague, will be the construction cost, safety and technological capabilities of the proposed projects. In addition, the Czech government will take into account the geopolitical interests of their country. In the Czech Republic, except for NPP Dukovany, in the South of the country operates nuclear power plant “Temelin”. Both power stations were constructed with the active assistance of Russia. On the site with the reactors VVER-1000 and VVER-440/213 capacity of 1055 MW and 505 MW, respectively.

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