Czech nuclear electric power generation company ČEZ Group and its Elektrárna Dukovany II subsidiary have received binding bids from Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) and France’s EDF for the construction of four new NPPs in the Czech Republic.

Initially, in October last year, the French and South Korean bidders, along with the US Westinghouse Electric Company, submitted binding bids for a fifth unit at the Dukovany NPP and non-binding offers for up to three more units – a sixth at Dukovany and two at the Temelín NPP.

However, in February the Czech Government ruled out Westinghouse in the tender because it “did not meet the necessary conditions”.

Elektrárna Dukovany II (EDU II) will now assess the offers from KHNP and EDF using a system based on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s recommendations. Economic, technical and commercial aspects of the offers will be evaluated, and an evaluation report will be submitted to the Czech Government’s Trade and Industry Ministry.

The ministry aims to finalise the contracts ready for signing by 31 March 2025. The construction of the first new unit should be complete in 2036, with commercial operation penned for 2038.

EDF is proposing its EPR1200 reactor, while KHNP has put forward its APR1000.

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The French company said its Updated Initial Bid Supplement “covers the supply of engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning activities for up to four EPR1200 reactors at the Dukovany site (units 5 and 6) and at the Temelín site (units 3 and 4). The offer also covers the design and implementation activities for nuclear fuel and delivery of fuel assemblies for this programme.”

In a press statement, Luc Rémont, CEO of EDF, said: “EDF, our strategic industrial partners, and the European ecosystem of suppliers supporting this proposal are fully dedicated to ensuring the success of the Czech Republic’s new nuclear programme.”

“By opting for a fleet approach with our European technology (EPR 1200), ČEZ and EDU II will secure a European partner committed to delivering the best technology with the best long-term benefits for the Czech industry and economy.”

Supporting his company’s offer, KHNP CEO Joohoo Whang said: “With successful projects in Korea and the United Arab Emirates, KHNP has proven that it builds on time, with quality and at the agreed price. We believe that KHNP is the best option for the Czech Republic in terms of timely completion of the first reactor by 2036 and energy security.”