EDF submits final bid for Czech nuclear plant expansion

France’s Electricité de France (EDF) has announced that its final bid for the construction of a new unit at the €6 billion Duchovny nuclear power plant has been submitted.

The Dukovany nuclear plant in the Czech Republic The Dukovany nuclear plant in the Czech Republic. Photo: CEZ

EDF joins US-based Westinghouse and South Korea’s Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) in the race to secure the contract for the expansion project.

The company revealed that it had modified its offer after clarification talks with energy group CEZ, which is responsible for overseeing the project. More than 100 representatives from EDF and its industrial partners, including Framatome, GE Steam Power and Bouygues Travaux Publics, were said to have attended the talks.

CEZ will now scrutinise the three final bids and present its evaluation report to the Czech government for approval.

Building potential

EDF’s proposal involves the construction of an EPR1,200 unit, which is expected to be completed by 2036.

The company said its offer includes engaging the Czech industry in the project, including identifying 300 potential local suppliers. It has additionally developed plans for constructing three more units in the Czech Republic.

In a related announcement, EDF and the French Embassy in the Czech Republic said a Czech-French Nuclear Academy had been established. This initiative aims to accelerate the training of highly skilled nuclear workers who could contribute to the domestic nuclear power industry’s development in the future.

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