Why the Czech Republic is ready to refuse Rosatom to participate in the tender


The war against Rosatom in Europe has begun. Some time ago the US Department of Energy published a strategy for squeezing the Russian Federation and the PRC from the global nuclear energy market. And information leaked to the Czech press that Russian and Chinese companies would not be allowed by Prague to expand the capacities of the Dukovany NPP for “geopolitical reasons”.


How can such politicized decisions turn out for the Czech Republic itself?

Popular Czech media shared the following information with their readers:

The government approved a secret document that Russia and China may exclude from the completion of the Dukovany NPP.

Among the bidders, in addition to Rosatom, were: Chinese China General Nuclear Power, South Korean KHNP, French EDF, a joint project of the French Areva and Japanese Mitsubishi - Atmea, as well as the American Westinghouse. Dukovany NPPs, like Temelin NPPs, were built in the Czech Republic according to Soviet designs. According to experts, in the next 10-15 years it will be necessary to gradually decommission the power units of the Dukovany NPP with VVER-440 reactors. In Ukraine, the problem of resource development is solved by overhaul and renewal, but this number will not work in the EU.

The fact is that Czech reactors belong to the first generation, and do not have a protective containment to contain radiation in case of accidents. What this can lead to can be seen in the example of Soviet Chernobyl or the Japanese Fukushima. It should be mentioned that the next generation VVER-1000 reactors have two protective circuits at once. The first power unit of the Dukovany NPP was commissioned back in 1985, in 2025 there will be another inspection, and it will be given a license for another 10 years. Further, to replace it, a new power unit should be launched by then.

Logically, the modernization of a Soviet-style station should be handled by Rosatom, which has all the necessary competencies. But here in the economy intervenes policy. Our main competitors in the project are the French and the Americans. There are also sophisticated Chinese who have received all the documentation for the American-Japanese reactor manufactured by Westinghouse and Toshiba - AP1000, and now, having finalized it with a “file” and increased capacity, we are ready to offer Prague. They got it all technical documentation for the French reactor that was built in their country. In general, it is not surprising that Europeans and Americans are not ready to let Beijing "on their plot."

With Rosatom, the question is different. In our country, there are already launched and functioning third-generation reactors of our own design, there are experienced specialists and a full technological cycle. The Russian project will cost the Czechs 5-6 billion dollars, the American or French - 6-7. Most importantly, ours will most likely be built much faster. In Finland, for example, the French have been building the Olkiluoto NPP since 2005.

In other words, there is no economic feasibility in the decision to remove Rosatom from the tender. Political games with the atom can be very dangerous. It is worth recalling that relatively recently, Prague tried to buy American fuel to another Czech nuclear power plant, Temelin. In 2006, another “Chernobyl” almost happened there. Now Westinghouse is experimenting in Ukraine, where nuclear power plants are called “the four horsemen of the Apocalypse” with black humor rights.

It is hoped that the Czech authorities will not act to the detriment of their own interests and national security and, as a result, will take a balanced decision.
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  1. radiootdel4 Offline
    radiootdel4 (Vladimir) 20 May 2020 15: 09
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    Why the Czech Republic is ready to refuse Rosatom to participate in the tender

    - because the owner ordered.
  2. Alexey Grigoryev (Alexey Grigoriev) 20 May 2020 17: 29
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    Let them order from the USA, they have been building the Chinese for 15 years.
  3. Don36 Offline
    Don36 (Don36) 20 May 2020 18: 26
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    Let the American build if Japanese Chernobyl (Fukushima) is not enough for them, this is not a problem of the Russian Federation !!!
  4. Natan bruk Online
    Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 20 May 2020 20: 29
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    Note to the author - at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and at Fukushima there were completely different reactors.
    1. Marzhecki Offline
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 21 May 2020 11: 50
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      I will perfectly manage without your banal notes, since this is absolutely obvious to everyone.
      1. Natan bruk Online
        Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 21 May 2020 20: 54
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        And you re-read your own article - there you put Chernobyl on a par with RBMK and Fukushima with water-cooled reactors.
        1. isofat Offline
          isofat (Sergei) 21 May 2020 21: 58
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          Quote: Natan Bruk
          ... you put Chernobyl on a par with RBMK and Fukushima with water-cooled reactors

          Natan bruk, and there, and there were accidents, which is precisely why the author of the article mentioned these nuclear power plants. What are you unhappy with?
          1. Natan bruk Online
            Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 22 May 2020 07: 44
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            They are not mentioned in this context.
            1. isofat Offline
              isofat (Sergei) 22 May 2020 14: 26
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              Quote: Natan Bruk
              They are not mentioned in this context.

              Natan bruk, and in what context?
              1. Natan bruk Online
                Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 22 May 2020 23: 10
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                But read the paragraph about “the first generation, as in Chernobyl or Fukushima, you can understand.
                1. isofat Offline
                  isofat (Sergei) 23 May 2020 10: 54
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                  Natan brukthat means you have nothing to say to me.
                  1. Natan bruk Online
                    Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 23 May 2020 12: 56
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                    You have nothing to say to me.
  5. GRF Offline
    GRF 21 May 2020 14: 32
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    In the West, cacti are tastier, not only our sorrel with onions, but bon appetit, the taste and color, as they say. The struggle for choice led the Czechs to paradoxical results ...
  6. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline
    Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 21 May 2020 15: 13
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    Now Westinghouse is experimenting in Ukraine, where nuclear power plants are called “the four horsemen of the Apocalypse” with black humor rights.

    The author, you are behind the years by 5. Westinghouse was bought from Toshiba by Rosatom, mainly because of the patent portfolio. And now Rosatom has the right to make square fuel elements for American stations. Like hexagonal for domestic and Ukrainian.
    If the Americans build the station, the fuel will still be Russian. For the Americans have no fuel cycle for nuclear power plants.