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The Czech government has decided to change its tender for new nuclear to binding offers for up to four, rather than one, reactors - and said that it is inviting bids from France's EDF and South Korea's KHNP. The third bidder, Westinghouse, is currently not being included because it "did not meet the necessary conditions".

Date: Friday, 02 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EDF-and-KHNP-in-running-for-expanded-Czech-nuclear

Czech power utility CEZ has introduced new data-processing techniques to increase efficient operation at its Temelin NPP. By taking into account - factors such as air temperature, humidity and the temperature of cooling water, the optimal setting of the largest circulation pumps can be calculated. Power engineers compare these variables to find the optimal setting, which is then updated twice a day in line with the weather forecast. This cut the plant's electricity consumption by 5400 MWh in 2023 compared with 2022. The plant consumed 803,000 MWh of electricity, which represents about 5% of the electricity produced.

Date: Thursday, 25 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsez-uses-data-processing-techniques-to-increase-efficiency-at-temelin-11459914

Czech nuclear power plant operator ČEZ says that introducing new data-based techniques - encompassing things like air temperature, humidity and the temperature of cooling water - to find the optimal setting of the largest circulation pumps, cut the Temelín nuclear power plant's electricity consumption by 5400 MWh in 2023.

Date: Friday, 19 January 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Temelin-cuts-energy-use-by-equivalent-of-a-small-t

It is neither sensible nor safe to replace the Russian nuclear fuel used in the VVER-440 reactors at Hungary’s Paks NPP with fuel from another supplier, Hungarian nuclear engineer Zsolt Hárfás said in an interview with Magyar Nemzet. “An often asked question is whether fresh Russian nuclear fuel used in the VVER-440 reactors at the Paks NPP can be quickly replaced by fuel from alternative producers. The short answere is ‘no’ because currently none of the Western manufacturers has an officially approved fuel assembly suitable for VVER-440 units,” he said.

Date: Thursday, 18 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuclear-expert-advises-against-replacing-russian-fuel-rods-at-paks-11443001

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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsedf-signs-co-operation-agreements-with-canada-czech-republic-and-indian-11337777

The Czech government has approved the “Czech SMR Roadmap – Applicability & Contribution to Economy”, which was submitted by the Ministry of Industry & Trade. Based on the Roadmap, small modular reactor (SMR) technology will be included in the State Energy Policy and recognised in the Spatial Development Policy of the Czech Republic. The Roadmap provides an overview of possible sites and investment models.

Date: Wednesday, 08 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsczech-republic-approves-roadmap-for-smr-development-11278146