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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

The Russian president's press secretary Dmitry Peskov denied Ukrainian suggestions that Russian forces were preparing to withdraw from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russia-rejects-claims-it-plans-to-leave-Zaporizhzh

Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) has once again lost access to external electricity and is instead relying on its emergency diesel generators for the power it needs for reactor cooling and other essential nuclear safety and security functions, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 23 November, using information provided by the IAEA staff on the site.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaeas-grossi-holds-talks-with-russia-10381234

All four of Ukraine's operating nuclear power plants were automatically disconnected from the power grid on Wednesday "as a result of a decrease in frequency in the power system" caused by missile strikes damaging the country's energy infrastructure.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-doing-everything-possible-to-restore-nucl

Following the shelling which caused damage in and around Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, International Atomic Energy Agency director general Rafael Mariano Grossi has met Rosatom's director general to discuss the situation, and possible safety measures.

Date: Thursday, 24 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-s-Grossi-holds-candid-talks-with-Rosatom-over

Attila Steiner, Secretary of State for Energy at Hungary’s Ministry of Technology & Industry, introduced a bill at a recent meeting of the state assembly (unicameral parliament), proposing that Paks NPP should be authorised to operate for an additional 20 years.

Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshungary-plans-life-extension-for-paks-npp-10356472

External power has been restored to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) two days after it lost all access to off-site electricity in the latest incident highlighting the precarious nuclear safety and security situation at the facility, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has said.

Date: Tuesday, 08 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsexternal-power-restored-to-znpp-10271580

A recent landmine explosion cut the main power supply connection to one of the reactors of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), in the latest incident underlining the fragile nuclear safety and security situation at the facility during the current military conflict, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has said. The explosion that occurred the previous day outside the ZNPP’s perimeter fence, disconnected the 750 kilovolt (kV) external power line between plant’s switchyard and the main electrical transformer of reactor unit 4.

Date: Friday, 04 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsshelling-resumes-at-zaporizhzhia-staff-under-pressure-10144727

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó has told Hungarian M1 TV that "Europe will not ensure its energy security without nuclear energy." He was speaking in Washington DC on 26 October where he was attending the International Atomic Energy Agency International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century in Washington DC.

Date: Wednesday, 02 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshungary-says-nuclear-is-essential-for-energy-security-10137182

Iran has begun construction of a 10 MW pool-type light water reactor nuclear research reactor of its own design in Isfahan.

Date: Wednesday, 02 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-starts-construction-of-research-reactor-in-isfahan-10137261