Czech Republic plans new nuclear power plant by 2036

15 Nov 2019

The Czech Republic plans to build a new reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power plant by 2036; the supplier should be selected by the end of 2022 in order to start construction in 2029. National power company ČEZ expects five bids (from EDF, KHNP, China General Nuclear Power, Westinghouse and Atmea (Areva-Mitsubishi joint venture) for the new reactor, which is expected to cost CZK 140-160bn (€5.5-6.2bn).

In 2016, ČEZ started the EIA process for the construction of two new units at Dukovany. A first 1,200 MW unit (Unit-5) at Dukovany could be commissioned as of 2035 and a sixth unit could be developed, as the 2015 energy strategy paved the way for the construction of up to four new reactors at Dukovany and Temelin nuclear sites.

The Czech Republic aims to reach 40% of nuclear in its power mix by 2040 as nuclear is considered the best option to replace coal-fired power plants and to cut CO2 emissions.


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