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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

Three vendors have made bids to build a new reactor unit at the Dukovany site in the Czech Republic. Site owner ČEZ confirmed the interest of Westinghouse, EDF and KHNP in a new power unit to provide electricity and heat.

Date: Thursday, 01 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Competition-officially-begins-for-Dukovany-new-bui

Fortum and Finnish energy company, Helen, are initiating a joint study to explore the prerequisites for collaboration in nuclear power and small modular reactors (SMRs). The study is linked to the Fortum project announced in October to explore the prerequisites for nuclear power in Finland and Sweden, including the mapping of potential partner networks and cooperation arrangements.

Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfortum-and-helen-consider-smr-co-operation-10393949

Fortum has signed an agreement with Westinghouse Electric Company for the design, licensing and supply of a new type of fuel for the Loviisa NPP in Finland. The new fuel type is based on British Nuclear Fuel Limited’s fuel that was supplied to the Loviisa plant from 2001 to 2007, and used in parallel with the fuel supplied by the Russian TVEL in the early 2000s. Taking the new fuel into use is a multi-year project requiring regulatory approvals.

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-to-design-fuel-for-fortums-loviisa-npp-10384325

Finnish firms Fortum and Helen have announced a joint study to explore possible collaboration in new nuclear power, especially small modular reactors (SMRs).

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Helen-and-Fortum-to-explore-cooperation-on-SMRs

The drying station for used nuclear fuel became the first commissioning process in the equipment installation subproject to be completed with regulatory approval at the encapsulation plant being built by Finnish waste management company Posiva at Olkiluoto. The fuel handling cell at the encapsulation plant is where the used fuel assemblies are first lifted out of water where they were placed after being unloaded from the reactor pressure vessel. They then need to be dried before they are sealed within copper canisters and sent for final disposal

Date: Thursday, 24 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscommissioning-of-used-fuel-drying-station-completed-at-finnish-encapsulation-plant-10377639

Powerful explosions shook the area of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) on the evening of 19 November and the following morning, abruptly ending a period of relative calm at the facility and further underlining the urgent need for measures to help prevent a nuclear accident there, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 20 November.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsshelling-resumes-damaging-zaporizhzhia-npp-while-conflict-also-affects-other-ukrainian-npps-10376039

Olkiluoto 3 will not resume producing electricity before December "at the earliest", TVO has said. Commissioning of the EPR in Finland was interrupted in October following the discovery of cracks in feedwater pumps.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/December-seen-as-earliest-date-for-OL3-restart

The commissioning of a system for drying used nuclear fuel assemblies before they are sealed within copper canisters for final disposal has taken place at Finnish waste management company Posiva's encapsulation plant under construction at Olkiluoto.

Date: Friday, 18 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fuel-drying-system-at-Finnish-encapsulation-plant

Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning (NND), which is responsible for radioactive waste management in Norway, has awarded an extensive framework agreement to Geological Repositories for Norway (GeoReN) to support NND with expertise in developing radioactive waste management concepts and solutions.

Date: Thursday, 17 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgeoren-to-support-norwegian-nuclear-decommissioning-in-radwaste-management-10358104