Czech energy ambassador expects CEZ to choose Temelin supplier in 2013.

By bne IntelliNews October 19, 2010
The country's major energy company CEZ is allegedly to choose the supplier for the construction of blocks 3 and 4 at nuclear power plant Temelin in 2013, a year later than originally planned, Czech energy security ambassador Vaclav Bartuska told Reuters in a phone interview. The successful contractor was originally to be known by mid-2012 and the two blocks were scheduled to operational in 2020. Bartuska expects CEZ to provide the tender documents to the bidders in 2011 (against the originally planned delivery in Oct 2010), but is not certain whether the delay will change the price or the deadline for the start of operations. A few days ago the company and the government, which controls 69.37% in CEZ via the finance ministry, admitted that the construction of the new blocks would be delayed by several years due to the low electricity demand expected in the future. The three bidders in the tender, estimated at CZK 500bn (EUR 18.9bn) - US nuclear power technology supplier Westinghouse, Russian nuclear power technology supplier Atomstroyexport (acting in consortium with local engineering company Skoda JS and Russian company Hydropress) and French energy technology supplier Areva - have already submitted to CEZ the first set of documents for participation in the tender. On the basis of the received documents, CEZ was to provide tender papers to the bidders this month (October), so that they submit binding bids in the spring of 2011. The successful contractor was also to be offered an option to build block 5 of the country's largest nuclear power plant Dukovany (also operated by CEZ) and up to two blocks of the Jaslovske Bohunice nuclear power plant in Slovakia.

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