The Czech Republic has allowed the construction of a new unit at Dukovany

The Spolesnost Elektrárna Dukovany II operator (Dukovany-2 Power Plant Company) has received permission from the Czech State Nuclear Safety Administration to build a new power unit at the managed Dukovany NPP.

According to UNN, the preparation for the permit lasted 5 years — during this time the regulator has studied more than 200 documents that substantiate the feasibility of construction.

Dukovany NPP

The tender for the construction of the station’s power unit is planned to be announced in the coming months. According to the Czech authorities, this is likely to happen after the elections to the lower house of parliament (October 8 and 9) and the formation of a new government.

Dukovany-2 Power Plant is part of the state-controlled Czech energy company CEZ. The project to build a new power unit at Dukovany NPP was launched by a decision of the Czech government in June 2019 and is designed to be connected to the grid in 2036. The value of the contract is estimated at 162 billion Czech crowns (about 6 billion euros).

The new power unit is to replace one of the four existing ones, which were built in 1985-1987. The rest will work until 2045-2047. Dukovany NPP provides 20% of electricity consumption in the country.

In early 2018, the American company Westinghouse, the Russian state corporation Rosatom, the Chinese China General Nuclear Power, the French EDF, the South Korean KHNP, and the French-Japanese joint venture Mitsubishi Atmea announced their intentions to participate in the tender for the construction of the power unit.