The Czech authorities will not allow Rosatom to tender for the construction of the Dukovany NPP power unit. The relevant resolution was adopted unanimously by the Government of the Czech Republic. This was reported by Bukvy and Hromadske.
According to Minister of Industry and Trade Havlíček, the Russian state corporation will not be able to participate in the tender as a subcontractor.
“We make it clear that we are considering three acceptable suppliers of nuclear technology. In addition, this is stated in the tender dossier, which clearly states that only an entity from the European Union or a NATO country can be a supplier of critical nuclear technology. At the moment, we can say that it is impossible for Rosatom to become an ally of any of the candidates within the consortium,” Havlíček said.
He noted that the French EDF, the American Westinghouse and the Korean KHNP will remain candidates for the construction of the power unit.
The project to build a new power unit at the Dukovany NPP was launched by a resolution of the Czech government in June 2019 and is planned to be connected to the power grid in 2036. 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. All operating power units are equipped with VVER-440 B-213 reactor units.
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.
On April 17, the Czech authorities reportedly expelled 18 Russian diplomats, whom they had identified as Russian intelligence officers, in connection with an explosion at an ammunition depot in Vrbetice in 2014.