Westinghouse win would enhance your energy security, Clinton tells Prague
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Prague on Monday, on the first leg of a European tour. At meetings with Czech officials, Secretary Clinton made a pitch for the US firm Westinghouse, which is in competition with a Russian-led consortium for a multi-billion-dollar Czech nuclear project. She says the US bid offers the best technology and highest security – and would reduce the Czech Republic’s dependence on Russian energy.
“As I conveyed to the minister, the Obama administration strongly supports Westinghouse’s bid to help expand the Temelín nuclear power plant. Given how long term and strategic this investment is, the Czech people deserve the best value, the most tested and trustworthy technology, an outstanding safety record, responsible and accountable management, and job opportunities for Czech companies and workers. Westinghouse offers all that.”
One concern the Czech government might have if Atomstroyexport wins is that this would increase the country’s energy dependence on Russia. The Czech Republic covers some 75 percent of its gas consumption with imports from Russia, and is also heavily dependant on Russian oil. Secretary Clinton said that was a factor that the Czechs should take into consideration.
“We are encouraging the Czech Republic to diversify its energy source and suppliers in ways are that economically sustainable and environmentally sound, which is an important message for all of our European partners.
“And we are not shy for pressing the case of Westinghouse to expand the Temelín nuclear power plant because we believe the company offers the best option for the project in terms of technology and safety.”