Czech Republic in 2019 will announce a tender for the construction of nuclear power plants

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CZECH REPUBLIC (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Czech Republic plans to take a decision in 2019 to announce a tender for the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the country, said the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Mart Novakova.

According to her, both the government and the CEZ company are negotiating with all potential technology suppliers.

“Construction of the remaining units in the field of nuclear energy will undoubtedly be carried out by a semi-state company called CEZ. That is, this company should be the primary guarantor of financing this project, and the state will be only secondary. And at the moment negotiations are underway between the government of the Czech Republic and this company CEZ for the preparation of tender documentation,” she said.

At the same time, the minister stressed that for all bidders there will be “transparent transparent conditions that will reflect both technological issues, price, and methods of financing, and above all, compliance, guarantees on terms.”

“A very important criterion will also be the criterion of attracting Czech companies to supply under this tender, because, undoubtedly, in the future we will insist that nuclear power be in Czech hands, including service,” the minister said.

Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, told reporters that this topic was not discussed at a meeting with the Czech Minister on Friday.

“Although it is always on the agenda. We are grateful to our Czech partners for purchasing fuel from Rosatom for their nuclear power plants in the Czech Republic. I hope that we will continue constructive cooperation in this direction. And in the future we expect, of course, that we will be invited to participate in the construction,” said Manturov.

In early August, the head of Rosatom State Corporation, Alexey Likhachev, reported that the state corporation plans to participate in a tender for the construction of new NPP units in the Czech Republic.

“Of course, we are planning. Most likely, in alliances,” he said, answering the corresponding question.

Currently, there are two nuclear power plants in the Czech Republic: the Dukovany NPP (4 power units with VVER-440 reactors) and the Temelin NPP (2 VVER-1000 units),

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