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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
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Warsaw has chosen Westinghouse for first reactors Courtesy Lukas Plewnia/Creative Commons. About 83% of Poles support Warsaw’s plans to build the country’s first nuclear power stations, a poll has shown.

The poll, commissioned by business daily Gazeta Prawna and national radio station RMF FM, found that 44% of participants are strongly for the proposed construction, while 39% are “rather” in support of the idea. Opponents of the project amounted to 9.5% of the surveyed.

RMF FM said that about 68% of respondents want Poland to develop nuclear as a source of energy, while about 83% said solar and wind energy is the way forward. The development of gas and coal-fired generation gathered 26% and 24% of opinions.

A similar poll for the Rzeczpospolita newspaper showed 86% saw the construction of new nuclear power in the country as “a good idea”. Similarly, about 9% of the respondents were of the opposite opinion.

Date: Thursday, 24 November 2022
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Agency team praises operator’s commitment to safety The IAEA team concluded an 18-day mission to the Saeul nucleqr station, previously called Shin Kori, on 17 November. Courtesy KHNP. The operator of Units 1 and 2 of the Saeul nuclear power station in South Korea has demonstrated commitment to operational safety, but areas for improvement include the development and oversight of field operating staff’s performance, for example, by more effective coaching.

The IAEA said the station should improve the work practices and risk prevention during the conduct of maintenance activities at the plant.

It said operators should improve the implementation of its operating experience feedback programme.

The team identified good practices, including the use of portable backpacks to monitor environmental radiation in the event of a radiological emergency, adopting a mobile water purification system to provide filtered seawater for accident management and developing a smart personal radiation dose management system to improve radiation worker knowledge and effectiveness of dose management.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
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The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project has announced defects have been discovered in the thermal shields and vacuum vessel sectors and warned that the consequences on schedule and cost "will not be insignificant".

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
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A team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts has completed a mission to Saeul units 1 and 2 (formerly Shin Kori 3 and 4) in South Korea, marking the IAEA's first operational safety inspection in the country for the APR-1400-type reactor.

Date: Saturday, 19 November 2022
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Initial site investigations have begun for the construction of a Korean-supplied nuclear power plant in Pątnów in central Poland. In addition, 13 Memoranda of Understanding have been signed between Korean and Polish suppliers to cooperate on the project.

Date: Saturday, 12 November 2022
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Global optimism ‘rising’ about potential of reactors to help achieve net zero emissions Fatih Birol (left) and Rafael Grossi at the International Atomic Energy Agency discussion on nuclear power at Cop27 in Egypt. Courtesy IAEA. Nuclear power is making “a strong comeback”, but the international financial community has so far “failed” to provide the level playing field needed for nuclear to help the world tackle its most pressing challenges, from climate change to sustainable development, International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Fatih Birol told the Cop27 United Nations climate conference in in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Birol told an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) discussion on nuclear power: “I don’t give them a passing grade.”

“Countries that were saying goodbye to nuclear power, they are rethinking their plans,” Birol said, adding that the IEA had been engaged in talks with both Belgium and Germany.

“We are very happy that both governments are now in the process of postponing their nuclear phaseout plans, understanding the role that nuclear plays in addressing this energy security challenge,” he said.

In addition, another group of countries is now considering extending the lifetime of their existing nuclear power reactors to respond to this challenge, which is one of the cheapest forms of low carbon power, Birol said. Still another group of countries are rolling out plans to build new reactors, including seemingly “surprising” ones such as the Netherlands and Poland as well as Japan and South Korea.

Date: Friday, 11 November 2022
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The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) has developed a virtual remote dismantling system for use in teaching the use of lasers and plasma to cut underwater reactor vessel internals (RVIs) during the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

Date: Friday, 11 November 2022
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In a wide ranging interview for the World Nuclear News podcast, Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel explained: Why the time was right for the Westinghouse deal How Russia's war with Ukraine has led to 'bifurcation' of the nuclear sector Explained Cameco's long-term strategy Looks ahead at the impact of new technologies, including SMRs How nuclear will need to play a key role in getting to net-zero

Date: Wednesday, 09 November 2022
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The Council of Ministers has formally approved the decision that the first nuclear power plant in Poland will use three Westinghouse AP1000 reactors - with the US company calling it an "historic day" as it looks to build a fleet of the reactors in central Europe.

Date: Saturday, 05 November 2022
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