Dukovany power plant to remain in operation

The Dukovany power plant in Moravia which recently came under fire for the type of fuel used, will remain in operation, EURATOM agency officials confirmed on Wednesday. The Czech Republic had come under pressure from some EU member states to close down the power station because it was operating on fuel made of uranium enriched outside of the EU, namely in Russia. This runs against a European agreement signed in Corfu in 1994. EURATOM said Wednesday that although it was looking into the matter of other potential suppliers the plant was in no danger of being closed down and if no alternate supplier is found then the matter would be closed. CEZ argues that the contract on fuel deliveries with the Russian supplier Tvel was closed before the country’s admission to the EU and accepted by the EU authorities.