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Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on 20 May confirmed to Tass to it retains is interest in the project to expand the Dukovany nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic.

Date: Saturday, 23 May 2020
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Utility ČEZ has applied to build two new reactors at the site The existing Dukovany nuclear power station in the Czech Republic. Photo courtesy ČEZ . Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom retains interest in the Czech Republic’s project to build two new nuclear power units at the existing Dukovany site, according to Russian state news agency Tass.

A Rosatom official told Tass that in February company representatives took part in consultations with Czech utility ČEZ on the Dukovany new-build project along with officials from other nuclear equipment suppliers.

The Rosatom delegation presented to ČEZ information about Rosatom’s projects and business models, the unnamed source said.

In March 2020, ČEZ filed for permission with the State Office for Nuclear Safety to build two new nuclear power plants at the Dukovany site, in the southeast of the country.

Date: Thursday, 21 May 2020
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Unit could be in commercial operation in 2036, officials say The Dukovany nuclear power station n the Czech Republic. Photo courtesy IAEA. The Czech government has approved agreements with majority state-owned electricity producer ČEZ setting out the framework for building a new nuclear power plant at Dukovany to come online in 2036, state and company officials said.

The Czech government, which owns 70% of ČEZ, had been in discussions with the utility about how to expand nuclear power and to replace aging commercial reactors that are scheduled to be permanently shut down in the decades ahead.

The government wants to propose a financing model by the end of May, before the state goes into talks with the European Commission over the project.

Under the approved framework contracts, which industry minister Karel Havlíček wants to finalise with ČEZ by the end of June, ČEZ could sell the project to the state at various points.

Date: Wednesday, 29 April 2020
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Framatome has won a contract to deliver the reactor protection system for two VVER-TOI units under construction at the Kursk II nuclear power plant in Russia.

Date: Friday, 10 April 2020
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A group of local authorities near the Dukovany nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic said yesterday that plans to expand the facility must go ahead to help offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Czech utility ČEZ last month applied to the State Office for Nuclear Safety to construct two new reactors at its Dukovany plant, where four VVER-440 units are currently in operation at the site, which is in Vysočina Region.

Date: Thursday, 09 April 2020
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Czech utility ČEZ has applied to the State Office for Nuclear Safety to construct two new reactors at its Dukovany nuclear power plant. Four VVER-440 units are currently in operation at the site, in Vysočina Region.

Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020
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An agreement between the Czech government and power utility CEZ on the construction of the new unit at the Dukovany nuclear plant will be announced in a few weeks, Industry Minister Karel Havlícek, said on 11 February, adding that the final details are still being fine-tuned.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
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The agreement between the Czech government and utility ČEZ on the construction of a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant will be published within a few weeks, Minister of Industry Karel Havlíček said on 11 February. Havlíček was speaking to journalists during his visit to the plant, and his comments were reported by ČTK news agency the same day.

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
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Japan has completed its first 360-tonne D-shaped toroidal field coil for the Iter international fusion project under construction in France.

Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020
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New-build projects are making progress, but governments are still struggling with finding the right financing package for large reactors The delayed Flamanville-3 is one of three EPR units under construction in Europe. The others are at Olkiluoto in Finland and Hinkley Point in the UK. Photo courtesy EDF. Western Europe

The UK is facing a major challenge to replace its aging fleet of Generation I nuclear power plants, many of which are scheduled to shut down in 2023.

The project by French state utility EDF to build two Generation III EPR units at Hinkley Point C in Somerset is on track for connection to the grid by 2025. Once in commercial operation the two units will provide up to 7% of the total electricity demand. Two similar units are planned for the Sizewell site in Suffolk.

However, press reports have suggested EDF is in “a race against time” to secure a funding deal for Sizewell C as delays risk making the project prohibitively expensive.

According to The Times newspaper EDF has hired Rothschild as financial adviser for the project and says it wants a “definitive way forward” from the government this year so it can start construction in 2022.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
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