President signs into force bill sidelining China and Russia from Dukovany tender

President Miloš Zeman has signed into force a bill which will sideline Russian and Chinese companies from a six billion euro tender on the expansion of the Dukovany nuclear power plant. The law stipulates that only technologies from countries that have acceded to the 1996 International Government Procurement Agreement will be eligible for the construction of a new reactor at the plant. The conditions given mean that the only companies competing for the tender are France’s EDF, South Korea’s KHNP and Westingouhe from the United States. The tender should be officially announced after a new government takes office following general elections in October.