Application in for new Temelin units
An application to build two new reactors at the Temelin plant has been submitted to the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety (SUJB) by utility CEZ.
Iva Kubanova, manager of quality and safety for the Temelin unit 3 and 4 project, said: “The fact that there are already two operating units at Temelin has only partially helped us. The advantage, of course, is the large amount of input data we have available and the safety records of the existing units and the results of stress tests.” She added, “However, we had some data to update or to supplement so that they could be evaluated with state-of-the-art methods. We also carried out an extensive analysis of all requirements under Czech nuclear legislation, standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency and by the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association, and incorporated them into the tender safety report.”
CEZ launched the tender process for the new Temelin units in August 2009 and invited three candidates – Areva; a consortium between Škoda JS, AtomStroyExport and OKB Gidropress; and Westinghouse – in November 2011 to submit bids. All three contenders submitted documentation supporting their respective bids in late June 2012. However, in October, CEZ told Areva that its bid had been disqualified. Areva subsequently lodged a petition with the Czech anti-monopoly office. CEZ expects to select the reactor supplier and sign the construction contract by the end of 2013.
Source: World Nuclear News