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The post-COVID economic recovery and the clean energy transition present a huge opportunity from which all nations can benefit, delegates at the IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit agreed. Over 40 countries, covering more than 80% of global GDP, population and carbon emissions, took part in the event on 31 March to identify how to work together to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. They included the USA, which re-joined the 2015 climate accord earlier this year.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
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Ministry is inviting four bidders to pre-qualify for reactor project The Dukovany nuclear power station site in the Czech Republic. The Czech government has postponed a tender to build a $7bn nuclear power plant at Dukovany until after October elections and said it will not invite Chinese companies to participate in a security assessment of potential bidders.

The Czech industry ministry said it has decided to invite four bidders including Russia to pre-qualify for a tender to build a new nuclear power plant, but a final decision on who will be allowed to bid will be made after an October election.

The ministry said the Czech Republic will speak to France’s EDF, South Korea’s Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, Russia’s Rosatom and Westinghouse of the US and will ask them to provide “comprehensive information on how they will meet the security requirements for suppliers of a new nuclear facility”.

It was announced in January that the Dukovany tender would probably go ahead without a Chinese bidder following an agreement between the Czech government and leaders of opposition parties.

Date: Saturday, 27 March 2021
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The Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) has selected EDF, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), Rosatom and Westinghouse to participate in a pre-qualification round for a tender to supply a new unit for the Dukovany nuclear power plant. The ministry has not included China General Nuclear (CGN). A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in the Czech Republic told Radiožurnál that the exclusion of CGN "seriously deviates from the principle of fair competition and the rules of international trade".

Date: Saturday, 27 March 2021
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The Czech Republic's State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB) yesterday issued a site licence for two new reactor units at the existing Dukovany nuclear power plant site. ČEZ said obtaining a site licence means preparation for an announcement on tenders for suppliers to the expansion project can start.

Date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021
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There was general agreement that Chinese companies should not take part in the tender to build a new nuclear unit at the Dukovany NPP following a meeting on 27 January between the Czech government and leaders of the opposition political parties, Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlícek told reporters.

Date: Tuesday, 02 February 2021
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The Dukovany nuclear power station in the Czech Republic. Photo courtesy ČEZ. Kazakhstan has offered to supply uranium products to the Czech Republic for use in its fleet of six commercial nuclear power plants, local press reports said.

The proposal was announced during a video conferencing session of the Kazakhstan-Czech Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Industrial and Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

A statement from Kazakhstan’s ministry of trade and integration said that during the meeting, the Kazakh side announced several proposals for the supply of natural uranium concentrates and uranium products to Czech nuclear power plants.

Date: Friday, 29 January 2021
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Facility could be operational by 2065 One of the potential sites is at Janoch near the Temelín nuclear power station. The Czech cabinet has approvd a shortlist of four potential sites for a deep geological repository and has rubber-stamped legislation that will set out the “rules of the game” and improve transparency throughout the selection and construction process.

A government statement said a new schedule calls for the site to be selected by 2030, five years later than originally planned. The repository is expected to be operational by 2065.

The statement said the four sites are Hrádek, in the south of the country; Horka, also in the south; Březový potok, in the southwest; and Janoch near the Temelín nuclear power station in the southwest.

The four locations were recommended in June as the most suitable of nine potential sites reviewed by the Czech Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (Surao).

Date: Thursday, 24 December 2020
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The tender for the construction of a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic has been postponed from the end of this year to 2021, the Ministry of Industry and Trade announced yesterday, following a meeting by the Standing Committee for the Construction of New Nuclear Resources. Four possible options for the parameters of the tender are being considered, which will be addressed by the heads of parliamentary parties by the end of January, when the final decision on the preferred option will be made.

Date: Friday, 11 December 2020
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The climate emergency has further boosted Czech support for nuclear energy, Zuzana Krejčiříková, director of public affairs at ČEZ Group, said last week during a webinar hosted by the Expert Group on Resource Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The largely state-run utility's transparent approach to new-build projects has also helped public acceptance of the government's plans to support the expansion of the Dukovany nuclear power plant, she said.

Date: Wednesday, 30 September 2020
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VVER plant is one of newest in Europe The two-unit Temelín nuclear power station in the Czech Republic. Majority state-owned Czech utility ČEZ has received a licence from the State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB) for the operation of Unit 1 at the Temelín nuclear power station for another 10 years.

Permits to operate commercial nuclear plants in the Czech Republic are issued for 10 years and are subject to reviews during which the operator must demonstrate it can continue safe operation of the facility for the next 10-year period.

Temelín-1 began commercial operation in June 2002 and is one of the newest nuclear power plants in Europe. An identical unit, Temelín-2, began commercial operation in April 2003. ČEZ has said it is planning to operate both units for 60 years.

ČEZ said issuance of the licence was not a formality. A team of experts has been working on the renewal since the end of 2018. Documentation for the regulator ran to about 163,000 pages.

Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020
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