ČEZ: new blocks at Temelín should be independent of existing ones

The two planned blocks of the Temelín nuclear power plant should be independent of the existing ones, the Czech energy giant ČEZ said in a statement on Monday. The plant will have the two existing, Soviet-developed reactors VVER-1000 working alongside the new reactors that will however rely on the same supplies of energy and water.

The Czech energy producer ČEZ announced plans last year to build two new blocks at its Temelín plant. According to the firm’s management, an independent functioning of the reactor blocks meets the requirements of all three competitors for the plant’s completion – the French firm Areva, Russia’s Atomstroyexport and Westinghouse from the United States. Historically the biggest ever Czech public contract, worth around 500 billion crowns, or nearly 27 billion US dollars, should be awarded by the end of next year.

Author: Jan Richter