Six Interested to Build Czech Reactors
Six companies have shown interest in building additional nuclear reactors at existing power plants in the Czech Republic, but a decision to proceed with construction will likely come after elections are held in October 2017.
As reported by the Reuters news agency, Jan Stuller, the government’s special envoy for nuclear power, told the local CTK news agency that Russia’s Rosatom, French group EDF, US company Westinghouse, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, China General Nuclear Power and a grouping of France’s Areva and Mitsubishi Atmea had all shown interest in future construction.
“It is important to stress that this is not about offers for the construction of new nuclear plant blocks, but responses to our request for information,” he was quoted as saying.
The Czechs have not backed away from nuclear power, even though neighbours like Germany look to shut down old units while Europe shifts towards renewable power, reported Reuters.
According to the online Russian news network Sputnik, an official with Russia’s Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation has confirmed that it has submitted a package of materials to take part in the possible construction of a new nuclear power plant unit in the Czech Republic.
Meanwhile, bne IntelliNews online reported Russian or Chinese involvement in EU nuclear plants is also a geopolitical question, offering leverage to suppliers of technology and fuel.
The geopolitics that come attached to such economic deals was illustrated recently by a scandal surrounding President Milos Zeman. Culture Minister Daniel Herman claimed the head of state withdrew an award to his uncle – a holocaust academic – because Herman had met with the Dalai Lama.
Trade and Industry Minister Jan Mladek was quick to insist the reports of a potential inter-governmental deal with China were wide off the mark. Yet he is seen as pro-Russian in the wider scheme of things, and might look more favourably on a deal with Moscow, even despite the current EU sanctions, reported bne IntelliNews.
The next government will decide on the investment model for the new nuclear blocks.