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France’s Orano has signed a contract with Czech electric utility CEZ for the supply of uranium enrichment services. The enriched uranium will be used in fuel for the Dukovany NPP. The contract was signed during a trip by President Emmanuel Macron, to the Czech Republic to strengthen bilateral cooperation, particularly in civil nuclear power.

Date: Saturday, 09 March 2024
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During the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE) 2023 in Paris, EDF Group signed several industrial cooperation agreements intended to secure the involvement of local supply chains and industries for the deployment of future EPR-technology-based and Nuward small modular reactor (SMR) projects in Europe and worldwide. These included agreements with Canada’s Ontario Power Group (OPG), various Czech companies and India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).

Date: Friday, 01 December 2023
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Czech power utility CEZ Group's Elektrárna Dukovany II (EDU II), a wholly owned subsidiary has received three final bids for the construction of a new unit at the Dukovany NPP. US-based Westinghouse, France’s EDF and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) submitted binding bids for Dukovany 5 and non-binding bids for the other three units. Westinghouse is proposing its AP1000, KHNP its APR1000 based in the APR1400 and EDF its EPR1200 (a smaller version of its standard EPR). These are all pressurised water reactors. Russia and China were excluded from the bidding in 2021.

Date: Friday, 03 November 2023
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ČEZ subsidiary Elektrárna Dukovany II (EDU II) has received final bids from the three potential suppliers for a new nuclear unit at Dukovany, as well as non-binding offers for three more future reactors.

Date: Wednesday, 01 November 2023
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company and Czech power company CEZ have signed an agreement on the supply of fuel assemblies for the Dukovany NPP, which comprises four Soviet-built VVER-440 reactors. Westinghouse says it will deliver fuel beginning in 2024, “replacing the current supplier, with an anticipated term of seven years”. The current fuel supplier is Russia’s TVEL.

Date: Wednesday, 05 April 2023
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Agreement heralds significant move away from Russian supplies ČEZ chief executive officer Daniel Beneš (left) and Westinghouse chief executive officer and president Patrick Fragman at the signing of the contract. US -based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a contract with Czech utility ČEZ for the supply of nuclear fuel for VVER-440 pressurised water reactor units (PWR) at the Dukovany nuclear power station.

Westinghouse said in a statement that fuel deliveries are expected to begin in 2024 while the contract is anticipated to be valid for seven years.

The contract will replace supplies by Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer Tvel, a subsidiary of state-owned nuclear group Rosatom.

ČEZ said in a separate statement that Dukovany has stored nuclear fuel to cover about three years of operation. The station is obliged to maintain these reserves even after signing the new fuel contract, the statement said.

Daniel Beneš, chief executive officer of ČEZ, said the signing of the new “western supplier” contract for Dukovany means “a further significant strengthening of energy security” for the company and the Czech Republic.

Date: Saturday, 01 April 2023
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Similar plans announced recently for country’s other nuclear station The two-unit Temelín nuclear power station could operate for at least 60 years. Courtesy ČEZ. Czech state power company ČEZ is investing 3.6 billion Czech koruna (€151m, $162m) in the modernisation of the two-unit Temelín nuclear power station as it prepares to operate the facility for at least 60 years.

The company said key projects include longer periods between fuel outages, modernising control systems and preparations for generator replacement. ČEZ plans to extend the operating cycle at Temelín from the current one year to about 18 months.

In total, ČEZ has planned 271 “investment events” for Temelín in 2023 – 46 more than last year.

Since the first Temelín unit began commercial operation in 2002, ČEZ has invested over CZK28 bn in the modernisation of the station. The second unit began commercial operation in 2023.

Earlier this month ČEZ said it plans to invest more than CZK2.3bn in the Dukovany nuclear power station in 2023 – almost CZK500m more than last year with investments primarily aimed at ensuring the station’s four units can continue to operate until at least 2047.

Date: Friday, 17 February 2023
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Czech energy company ČEZ is making investments at both its Dukovany and Temelín nuclear power plants to allow their long-term operation. A contract with Framatome will see the modernisation of the existing instrumentation and control (I&C) Spinline testers for safety systems at the four units at Dukovany.

Date: Thursday, 16 February 2023
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At the request of the French Government, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN - Nuclear Safety Authority) has issued an opinion on the safety of EDF’s EPR 1200 pressurised water reactor project. EDF is developing the EPR1200, mainly for export, in respond to calls for tenders for medium-power reactors, in particular one issued in March 2022 by the Czech power company CEZ. ASN's opinion on these safety options for this reactor is broadly similar to its opinion given in July 2019 on the EPR2 reactor, from which it is derived.

Date: Wednesday, 08 February 2023
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