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Final bids due next year and contract with winning technology provider could be finalised in 2024 The Czech Republic is planning at least one new nuclear plant at the Dukovany site. Courtesy ČEZ. France’s EDF, South Korea’s Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) and US-based group Westinghouse Electric have made initial bids to build a new reactor unit at the Czech Republic’s Dukovany nuclear power station, Czech utility ČEZ said today.

ČEZ said Elektrárna Dukovany II, the wholly owned subsidiary set up to implement the new-build project, will now analyse the bids and negotiate with the three bidders. The bidders will then submit final bids by the end of September 2023.

Majority state-owned ČEZ, which launched the Dukovany expansion tender in March, said it expects the contracts to be finalised in 2024.

The initial bids are the basis for clarifying technical and commercial parameters, but not for the actual selection or exclusion of contractors, ČEZ said. 

EDF’s reactor technology is the EPR, KHNP’s the APR-1400 and Westinghouse’s the AP1000. All three reactor types have seen commercial operation or are under construction in different countries.

Two EPRs and four AP1000s are commercially operational in China, while the APR-1400 is operated commercially in South Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Additionally, EPR new build projects are near completion at Olkiluoto in Finland and Flamanville in France, while construction is under way of two EPR units at Hinkley Point C in England. Two APR-1400s are in the commissioning stage and two are operating commercially at Barakah in the UAE.

ČEZ said there has been progress on preparation for the project. In 2019, the environment ministry approved an environmental impact assessment. Last year, Elektrárna Dukovany II received a siting permit from the State Office for Nuclear Safety and a generating facility authorisation from the ministry of industry and trade. The zoning procedure has begun, with the company applying to the building authority in June 2021.

Date: Thursday, 01 December 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/three-companies-submit-bids-to-build-new-nuclear-at-dukovany-11-3-2022

Election winner wants reactors to be ‘core engine to drive country’ A 2014 file photo of construction at the Shin-Hanul nuclear power station. Courtesy KHNP. The South Korean government is reviewing whether to set up a new long-term energy plan earlier than expected after president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol said he planned to bring back nuclear power generation to the list of the country’s major energy sources.

Reports in Seoul said the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (Meti) is in talks with Mr Yoon’s transition team to establish the 4th Energy Basic Plan in the third quarter to include the energy policy of the incoming government.

South Korea has set the country’s Energy Basic Plan every five years, and the third plan was announced in June 2019. If the 4th plan is unveiled later this year, it would be set up two years earlier than the initial plan.

Outgoing president Moon Jae-in’s policy had been to retire the country’s 24 reactors, which supply about 30% of its electricity generation, and refrain from building new ones.

Date: Tuesday, 12 April 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-considers-new-energy-plan-after-president-elect-s-promise-to-bring-back-nuclear-4-1-2022

Four new nuclear reactors were connected to the grid in 2013 and four were permanently shut down, bringing the total number of reactors in operation around the world to 437, with an installed capacity of 373 GW (net). Construction began on ten units, bringing the number of reactors under construction to 72.

Date: Wednesday, 08 January 2014
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuclear-reactor-starts-and-stops-of-2013-4155011