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ČEZ credits public acceptance of new nuclear

ČEZ credits public acceptance of new nuclear

The climate emergency has further boosted Czech support for nuclear energy, Zuzana Krejčiříková, director of public affairs at ČEZ Group, said last week during a webinar hosted by the Expert Group on Resource Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The largely state-run utility's transparent approach to new-build projects has also helped public acceptance of the government's plans to support the expansion of the Dukovany nuclear power plant, she said.

Nuclear Policies 29 September 2020


Ideology is hindering progress on climate change

Ideology is hindering progress on climate change

Prejudice towards nuclear power among some policymakers is preventing a fact-based assessment of its benefits, including the ability to cut global greenhouse gas emissions, Bohdan Zronek, chief nuclear officer at Czech utility ČEZ, told participants in World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum last week. ČEZ was one of seven utilities that wrote to the European Commission in March, arguing that the nuclear industry ought to benefit from future sustainable financing.

Nuclear Policies 14 September 2020


IAEA sees safety improvements at Czech research reactor

IAEA sees safety improvements at Czech research reactor

Řež, operator of the LVR-15 research reactor in the Czech Republic, has continued to improve safety since a previous review in 2003, implementing significant refurbishments to modernise the reactor's systems and components, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts. The team also found areas for further safety enhancements, inlcuding in organisation and operational safety programmes.

Regulation & Safety 26 August 2020


Help coal-dependent countries switch to nuclear, ministers tell EU

Help coal-dependent countries switch to nuclear, ministers tell EU

If the European Commission is serious about its efforts to support the post-virus economic recovery and to achieving a clean energy transition, then it will correct the omission of nuclear energy in its Green Deal package and in the EU Taxonomy, Czech and Polish ministers have written in letters to Frans Timmermans and Kadri Simons, respectively the first vice president of the European Commission and the European commissioner for energy.

Energy & Environment 24 June 2020


Czech budget council warns of Dukovany cost

Czech budget council warns of Dukovany cost

The Czech Fiscal Council, Národní rozpočtová rada, has warned that financing a new nuclear power unit could have a long-term impact on the country's budget and could be "a lot higher" than current estimates.

New Nuclear 05 June 2020


Czech state offers to pay 70% of Dukovany unit cost

Czech state offers to pay 70% of Dukovany unit cost

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told reporters in Prague yesterday that the government will provide a loan to ČEZ to cover 70% of the cost of building a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant, with the majority state-owned utility funding the remaining 30%. The project cost is estimated to be about EUR6.0 billion (USD6.7 billion), ČEZ CEO Daniel Beneš told the ČTK news agency, following the press conference.

New Nuclear 29 May 2020


Czech Republic aims for Dukovany progress this summer

Czech Republic aims for Dukovany progress this summer

The Czech government has agreed the next steps towards investment in a new nuclear power plant and given Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček a mandate for talks on the project with the European Commission.

New Nuclear 28 April 2020


Dukovany project will help repair economic damage of pandemic, lobby group says

Dukovany project will help repair economic damage of pandemic, lobby group says

A group of local authorities near the Dukovany nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic said yesterday that plans to expand the facility must go ahead to help offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Czech utility ČEZ last month applied to the State Office for Nuclear Safety to construct two new reactors at its Dukovany plant, where four VVER-440 units are currently in operation at the site, which is in Vysočina Region.

New Nuclear 08 April 2020


ČEZ applies to build two new units at Dukovany

ČEZ applies to build two new units at Dukovany

Czech utility ČEZ has applied to the State Office for Nuclear Safety to construct two new reactors at its Dukovany nuclear power plant. Four VVER-440 units are currently in operation at the site, in Vysočina Region.

New Nuclear 31 March 2020


EU nuclear sustainability needs expert review, utilities say

EU nuclear sustainability needs expert review, utilities say

Seven utilities have written to the European Commission, urging it to create an independent group of scientists and experts to evaluate whether nuclear power is a low-carbon and sustainable source of electricity. One of the seven, Czech utility ČEZ, said yesterday that it had "joined the challenge" facing the main European energy companies to gain the EC's agreement that the nuclear industry ought to benefit from future sustainable financing.

Nuclear Policies 13 March 2020