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Czech state power company ČEZ is planning to build one Generation III+ reactor at the Dukovany site. Courtesy Dukovany NPP. EDF signed 10 agreements with the Czech nuclear industry at the World Nuclear exhibition in Paris, marking an important step forward in the company’s commitment to the Dukovany-5 nuclear power plant project.

EDF said the agreements were signed with key Czech companies active in the nuclear field: BAEST Machines & Structures, I&C Energo, Hutní Montáže, Mico Group, MSA, Sigma, Škoda, ÚJV Řež, Reko Praha and Zat. EDF said it is looking forward to delivering a European project supported by a qualified Czech and European supply chain.

Czech state power company ČEZ has said it is planning to build one Generation III+ reactor at the Dukovany site, with a maximum installed capacity of 1,200 MW. However, the company filed for permission to build up to two new units.

Date: Thursday, 02 December 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/edf-signs-10-agreements-for-dukovany-5-new-build-project-12-3-2021

By producing a model of a storage packaging assembly (cask) for used fuel from the Dukovany and Temelín NPPs in the planned underground repository, Czech engineering company Škoda JS said it has completed development of this type of cask. The client is the Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (SÚRAO).

Date: Friday, 26 November 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskoda-js-develops-storage-cask-for-czech-repository-9277860

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts last week completed a follow-up nuclear security advisory mission to the Czech Republic. The two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission included a review of the legislative and regulatory framework for the physical protection of nuclear material and associated facilities and activities, including transport.

Date: Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Czech-nuclear-security-regime-is-robust,-says-IAEA

Prague wants to build new nuclear plants to replace polluting coal facilities The tender for new units at the Dukovany site (pictured) could include the option of new reactors at Temelín. Courtesy ČEZ. The tender for new reactors at the Dukovany plant in the Czech Republic will include a non-binding option for more units at the Temelín plant, the Czech minister of trade and industry, Karel Havlicek, said in an interview with the Právo newspaper.

Mr Havlicek said the government could issue a tender to build another reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power station after the mid-October elections.

He added that if his populist ANO party wins the election “We will also start preparing for Temelín” He said including the possibility of new units at Temelín in the tender Is “a greater motivation for suppliers, and thus we are pushing even harder on the price”.

Czech state power company ČEZ has said it is planning to build one Generation III+ reactor at the Dukovany site, with a maximum installed capacity of 1,200 MW. However, the company filed for permission to build up to two new units. In 2014, ČEZ cancelled the tender for construction of two new Temelín units after it failed to get state guarantees for the project.

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/dukovany-tender-could-include-option-for-more-temelin-reactors-10-1-2021

Representatives of the main political parties running in the forthcoming Czech parliamentary elections agreed the country needs nuclear energy in its future energy mix, Tomáš Kovalovský, chairman of the Czech Nuclear Association, and Tomáš Měřínský, chairman of Sekurkon, write in an overview of the Nuclear Power - New Nuclear Builds conference, held on 23 September in Prague.

Date: Friday, 01 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Conference-Czech-politicians-show-support-for-nucl

Researchers at the Czech Technical University in Prague and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen have devised an innovative solution that uses the radioactive decay heat produced by used fuel rods to heat water. The team, led by professor Radek Skoda, has already patented this technology, named the Teplator. Skoda told Germany’s Deutsche Welle on 7 April that the Teplator’s dimensions are similar to those of research reactors already operating in Europe. However, it is simpler in terms of technology and design and “only” generates heat and not power.

Date: Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsczech-researchers-propose-used-fuel-as-a-source-for-district-heating-8681385

The VR-1 research reactor at the Czech Technical University in Prague. Courtesy CTU. The Czech Republic’s State Office for Nuclear Safety has issued a siting licence for a new training reactor to be built by the Czech Technical University in Prague.

The VR-2 subcritical pool reactor, scheduled for operation at the end of 2022, will expand the university’s education, training and experimental capacity. Funding for the project will be provided by the Czech government and the European Operational Programme for Research, Development and Education.

The new reactor will use EK-10 fuel elements donated by Aalto University in Finland with natural or 10% enrichment and a light-water moderator.

The VR-2 will complement the existing VR-1 reactor, which has been used for education, training and experimental purposes for 30 years.

Date: Tuesday, 01 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-grants-siting-licence-for-vr-2-research-reactor-11-1-2020

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told reporters in Prague yesterday that the government will provide a loan to ČEZ to cover 70% of the cost of building a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant, with the majority state-owned utility funding the remaining 30%. The project cost is estimated to be about EUR6.0 billion (USD6.7 billion), ČEZ CEO Daniel Beneš told the ČTK news agency, following the press conference.

Date: Saturday, 30 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Czech-state-offers-to-pay-70-of-Dukovany-unit-s-co

Austria failed to dent the Visegrád Group (V4) of countries' enthusiasm for nuclear power as a solution to climate change during their meeting in Prague yesterday. This was evident during a press conference held after the V4 and Austria summit by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers, Andrej Babiš, Viktor Orbán, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, respectively.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Austria-fails-to-turn-neighbours-against-nuclear-p

The head of the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety, Dana Drábová, warned on 23 February about European Union (EU) pressure to close the Dukovany nuclear plant. "There is immense pressure developing that the operating life of nuclear reactors should be limited to 40 years. That means our political representatives – whoever they might be – sometime around 2023 will face a battle over a further ten-year extension for Dukovany."

Date: Monday, 26 February 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsczech-republic-under-european-pressure-over-dukovany-6065809