ČEZ started security assessment of Dukovany potential bidders
Dukovany II Power Plant, part of CEZ Group, yesterday invited three potential participants of Dukovany tender in the security assessment. The letter is the official start of a safety assessment by EDF, Westinghouse and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power. These are potential new units suppliers selected by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to participate in the pre-qualification round.
By the end of November, there will be “all relevant information on security issues”. The results are going to be submitted to the government. Then will be decided which candidates can be invited to the tender itself.
“The aim of the security assessment is to evaluate all the potential suppliers. The aim is to obtain the information necessary to safeguard security interests. These include, in particular, clarification of ownership structure, supply chain, links of stakeholders with the State, problems with the implementation of projects, accusations and other problems in nuclear resource projects, technology transfer and know-how, and others,” ČEZ said.
“In order to answer questions in the security assessment, potential candidates will also receive complete preliminary documentation. This will also help to speed up the subsequent processing of tenders. Especially for those candidates who will be invited to the selection procedure,” it added.
The Czech government signed a framework agreement on the construction of the new unit with ČEZ and project company Elektrárna Dukovany II in July 2020. That agreement aimed for ČEZ to hold a tender for the reactor supplier, negotiate a contract and receive all the required licences by 2024. Therefore, the unit is able to put into operation in 2036. The government has agreed to provide guarantees for any political or legislative risks the project may face. On 8 March this year, the State Office for Nuclear Safety issued a site licence for two new reactor units at the existing Dukovany nuclear power plant site.